Justin Fields believes he helped change the Big Ten’s mind; Now he can change the outcome of the season


Not that Justin Fields never thought about getting out. The alternative was always for the Ohio State quarterback, who could eventually become the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He was trying to wait for the Big Ten himself before coming to that conclusion.

“There is usually a timeline to announce for the draft [January], “Fields said Friday during a zoom call with reporters. I knew I had plenty of time. I wasn’t really in a hurry. I was just trying to see how it was playing and hope. That the Big Ten will change its decision. ‘

On Wednesday, the Big Ten changed their decision, deciding to play this fall. This ended more than the anxiety surrounding football in the Rust Belt. Fields was being closely watched, with players from all over the country.

He was the key to acquiring Ohio State this season. Going into the College Football Playoff semifinals against Clemson last year, Fields completed one of the most efficient campaigns by a quarterback in the last 11 years.

That season – his first bout as a starter – ended with a disappointing two-interception effort at a loss to the Tigers. This week, Fields described the complete joy of seeing Bucky in practice again 11-on-11.

“I don’t think there are words to describe how determined I am,” Fields said.

Part of that determination comes from being the leader of the #WeWantToPlay movement. A MoveOn.com ORG petition advocating the start of the Move on Season has garnered over 302,000 signatures.

“I definitely think it was an influence [on the Big Ten returning to play], “Fields said. I don’t think it was the only thing that had an effect on him. If it didn’t end up having an impact, I wouldn’t really care about the cause – at the end of the day – we all got what we were Wanted. I was doing what I could to get the season back. ”

For solo, Fields can be considered a great Ohio State figure. In Ryan Day’s first full season, he led the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and that playoff berth.

Without the fall, we would have already seen the last college snap taken by Fields. When the Big Ten reconvened, two of Fields’ teammates – cornerback Sean Wade and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis Jr. – had already been selected. Both have since expressed a desire to return.

In addition, Big Ten stars Rashod Bateman (Minnesota wide receiver) and Micah Parsons (Penn State linebacker) also left to prepare for the draft.

But Fields was never formally released, five weeks from now the Buckeyes are loaded to score one run.

“One of the reasons was that I wasn’t really trying to do anything [was] This situation popped up. Another reason was that I wanted to give myself a chance to come back and show the world what I could do and what I had improved, ”Fields said.

“The brotherhood is real. Seeing so many different players coming out, I’m not saying they don’t love their teammates. They may have different circumstances at home. I think Sean. [and Wyatt] By coming back, you know how much love is in this team. ”

Fields – and with the Buckeyes – extended the 2020 season. Ohio State has the Big Ten class like Oklahoma in the Big 12 and Clemson in the ACC. A lot is different between the Buckeyes and the rest of the conference.

The return of the Big Ten was wrapped up in those Ohio State desires. Day loudly and publicly declared his Willingness to play this fall. It might have had something to do with the Big Ten coming back as well.

The 41-year-old coach led Ohio State for all 17 games, only one full season. But his influence is now undeniable. Ohio State has football, playoffs and whatever championships are at the end of this complex season.

None of it starts without a field.

“Remove all the football stuff you did,” Fields said of his coach. “Despite this, he is a wonderful person. He really cares about us. … He was just telling us the other day that the rollers are coaster, there are ups and downs, but it’s not always short. We all Were at a very low point. … we believed him, and finally [paid off]. ”

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