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QB Justin Fields (2019 B1G Offensive POY, 2019 B1G CCG MVP)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MD Buckeye, Dec 17, 2018.

  1. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    THAT'S MY QUARTERBACK. Speaking of QB1, Justin Fields has been putting in work throughout these quarantine weeks, and I have to say, it's damn refreshing to see him without a clunky brace on his knee.

    Welcome back to full health, Justin. I can't wait to see you on the bench during fourth quarters this fall.

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    We all want Justin Fields to put up the big numbers (and win the Heisman), we also want Ohio State to run up the score so "garbage time" starts way before half time, and we want to see QB2 & QB3 get some "quality playing time" in games too. Let's face the facts, it could be tough to get all three but let's give it a shot and sure as hell try......8D
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  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    So, yeah, Justin Fields makes the list.

    I really shouldn't even type any words beyond that because obviously Ohio State's title hopes rest on the shoulders of Fields more so than any other player in the program.

    The Heisman finalist put up 3,757 total yards last fall with 41 passing touchdowns and another 10 scores on the ground against just three interceptions and five lost fumbles.

    And he accumulated those numbers while playing the last 2.5 games on one healthy leg.

    Behind him, Gunnar Hoak is a serviceable backup but I don't think it's a slight to say he's probably not a national championship-caliber quarterback. True freshman C.J. Stroud could be a national championship-caliber signal caller in the future but the pandemic's impact on football related activities to date will make it extremely difficult for him to supplant Hoak this year, let alone be ready to guide the team to greatness if called upon in year one.
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Even though Justin Fields hasn’t been able to train with his Ohio State teammates or coaches for more than two months, that hasn’t stopped him from putting in work in his time away from campus.

    While Fields has been back with his family in the suburbs of Atlanta since Ohio State’s spring break, after which the Buckeyes did not return to campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s been working out regularly with multiple Georgia-based quarterbacks coaches, including three times a week with Quincy Avery.

    Alongside several other college quarterbacks who live in Georgia, including Georgia’s Jamie Newman and Florida’s Emory Jones, Fields has been working with Avery to continue honing his skill set – as he has since he was a sophomore in high school – and prepare for the 2020 season while away from Columbus.

    While Avery has been limiting his training sessions to small groups and encouraging his quarterbacks to keep their distance from each other as much as possible during throwing sessions, he says his work with Fields over the past two months otherwise hasn’t been much different than it would be when he is back in Georgia for school breaks under normal circumstances.

    The primary focus of those workouts, Avery says, has been just to keep Fields sharp until he can get back to training with the Buckeyes.
    During an interview on The Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday, Avery described Fields as “the most talented quarterback that I’ve ever come in contact with,” which is saying a lot considering that Avery has also worked with several quarterbacks who are already in the NFL, including Deshaun Watson and Dwayne Haskins. Asked about that comment by Eleven Warriors on Friday, Avery clarified it a bit, but nonetheless made it clear he views Fields as a special talent.

    “When I said that, you’re doing an interview and you’re kind of talking quick, but what I really meant is like, at this point in their career, Justin is as talented as anybody that I’ve worked with,” Avery said. “And I think that people at Ohio State have seen that. He has the ability to do all these different things with his arm. And then if things break down, he also has the capability to run a 4.4(-second 40-yard dash) and make something electric happen with his legs. That’s really what I’m talking about is he can make all the throws, and I think people see that, but he also has the added dimension of being absolutely electric with his legs.”

    Beyond his physical ability, Fields has also impressed Avery with his work ethic.

    “He works as hard as any other college guy that I’ve seen,” Avery said. “Any time he’s back in town, it’s a quick text like ‘Yo, what’s going on, when are we getting throwing?’ And as soon as that happens, we get right to work. But he’s nonstop. I didn’t know that he was doing all this other work the whole time he’s been here. He’s doing strength and conditioning, running, he’s also throwing with Ron Veal. He’s nonstop working in terms of his offseason, which I think is very impressive.”

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    Just sayin": Two points here:

    1) The more you read about Justin Fields the more you like about him. I mean really really really really really really really like about him.

    2) This coming season will be like no other. Not very many college football players have a personal trainer and or "position guru" like Justin Fields. With Spring football a pretty much a "wash", classes ending up online, players sent home and on their own to work out, return to campus for "voluntary" workouts, etc.; the schools that have the most players showing up for Fall camp mentally and physically "ready" will have a distinct advantage.
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  4. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    The man threw 3 ints with a few months to grasp the system. Now he's got another fall camp and season? Like you say I'm expecting amazing things.

    Like break a 2 year old record kind of season lol
  5. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Passer Rating Broken Down by target/position

    Some notes on how this information was gathered:

    • The sole source of information was play-by-play records on the OSU athletic dept web-site
    • Incompletions with no target listed were recorded as throwaways. If there was a target recorded by OSU play-by-play records, it was not recorded as a throwaway.
    • The sum total of the play-by-play matches overall stat records, so as notoriously unreliable as play-by-play records are, this year it is internally consistent with respect to Justin's passing.
    • Targets were not recorded for interceptions; I had to look the plays up on YouTube (excruciating for the national semi-final) in order to determine who the target was. For the interception vs. MSU, I recorded the target as KJ Hill, but I am far from certain about that. If you believe the target was someone else on that play (particularly if you have proof) please let me know.
    • These numbers were for passes thrown by Justin Fields only.

    Justin's overall stats: 238 of 354 (68.23%) for 3273 yards, 41 touchdowns and 3 picks (rating 181.42)


    Wide Receivers: 190 of 278 (68.35%) for 2716 yards, 34 td, all 3 picks (188.61)
    Running Backs: 27 of 36 (75%) for 304 yards, 2 td (164.27)
    Tight Ends: 21 of 32 (65.63%) for 253 yards, 5 td (183.60)
    Throwaways: 8 (yes, there were more than 8; see the second bullet point above)


    Highest Rating: Master Teague III (3 targets, 3 catches for 50 yards, (rating 240.00))
    Highest Rating with > 3 targets: Chris Olave (77 targets, 49 catches for 849 yards, 12 td, 1 painful pick (rating 205.09))
    Honorable Mention: Bin Victor (52 targets, 35 catches for 573 yards, 6 td, 1 pick (rating 194.10 - highest among those not returning))

    Highest yards per target: Teague 16.67
    Highest yards per target with > 3 targets: Olave 11.03 (Victor had 11.02)

    Highest yards per catch: Olave 17.33

    Highest completion %: Teague and Rashod Berry (2/2 for 20) 100%
    Highest completion % > 3 targets: K.J. Hill (75 targets, 56 catches for 625 yards, 10 td, 1 pick (186.00))

    Most Targets: Olave 77
    Most Catches: Hill 56
    Most Yards: Olave 849
    Most TD: Olave 12
    Most Games with longest catch: Olave 7

    To Targets Returning in 2020
    95 of 144 (65.97%) for 1447 yards, 20 td, 1 pick (194.83) 10.05 YPA

    To Targets Not Returning
    143 of 202 (70.79%) for 1826 yards, 21 td, 2 picks (179.05) 9.04 YPA


    Both JK Dobbins and Garrett Wilson had 23 catches in 31 targets (308 yards, 3 td for Wilson; 247 yard, 2 td for Dobbins)
    Dobbins was targeted 31 times / all other running backs combined: 5
    Jeremy Ruckert led tight ends with 13 catches in 18 targets for 135 yards and 3 scores

    Speaking of Tight Ends:

    Games where at least one pass was completed to a tight end but tight ends did not lead the team in passer rating when targeted:
    • PSU
    • The Game
    • B1G CCG
    In the other 11 games, the tight ends caught zero passes in 4, led the team in passer rating when targeted 7 times including the national semi-final.

    In the two games against Wisconsin, Jeremy Ruckert's incredible one-handed touchdown in the CCG was the only completion to a tight end by Fields. Luke Farrell's 21 yard reception was on a fake punt, thrown by Chrisman.

  6. BB73

    BB73 Loves Buckeye History Staff Member Bookie '16 & '17 Upset Contest Winner

    I'll go along with KJ as the intended receiver for the pick by Sparty. Garrett Wilson was farther down the sideline, but it was well underthrown if it for Wilson.

    And I think you'll want to edit the guy with the highest yards per catch. :smug:
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  7. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Edited: I hope that's what you meant...
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Yeah, but it looks like the guy (#22) that intercepted the ball had been guarding Wilson. If he could have comeback for it so could have Wilson. Also, Fields didn't step into the throw, he was kind of moving backward; the pass could have been under thrown.
    Last edited: May 28, 2020 at 3:27 PM
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