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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. DaddyBigBucks

    DaddyBigBucks Still Calculating Buckeye DSC... Staff Member Bookie

    Definitely reason for optimism here; with two big opportunities for improvement.

    The first has been discussed a lot: quicker decisions.

    The other was mentioned by Ryan Day: Fields needs to get a lot better at calling protections. The o line protected him well against the three man rush. When they blitzed, as often as not our protection was shifted the wrong way. As Day said, that’s on Fields, not the o line.

    Troy Smith had a lot to learn as a sophomore. He also beat TSUN as a sophomore.

    Fields? ... huh ... Just see the field better when they drop 8 and call better protections when they don’t. After that it’s more speed, a better arm and a much better backfield than Smith had in 04.

    I think Day’s estimate of half a season before this is shored up and the juggernaut gets rolling is about right.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
  2. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Coaches have said that Justin has a pretty high football IQ. Let's hope he learns from his mistakes and is able to make the needed adjustments against Fickel's Defense. They say a player's biggest jump is from game one to game two.
  3. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    We've got the right staff to get him coached up and he seems to have the right attitude. He's going to be a great one. I loved that he never looked panicked or even really uncomfortable. He stayed calm and in control as he rolled out or scrambled and looked for a receiver to open up. He looked like an athlete who knew he could outrun FAU at will but was trying to work on being a QB. He's going to be a great one.
  4. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    Yeah, but OU has talent behind Hurts that could play right away if he got hurt and still be successful in that offense.. OSU? Not so much.
  5. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    Was really surprised by his awareness in the pocket. Obviously there are areas for improvement such as keeping his eyes downfield and knowing when to throw a ball away, those things take time to develop, but he also sidestepped at least two blindside hits that would have gotten less aware QBs splattered.

    Also impressed by his ability to deliver the ball accurately from different arm slots. He can create his own throwing windows and avoid tipped passes.
  6. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Not really though... Rattler is 3rd string and their back up hasn't played.

    Justin's three best throws were..
    1. Throw for a TD to Olave. Right on the money in stride even though he was wide open.

    2. The throw Olave drops when Justin got smacked.

    3. Rolling out Justin throws a dart side arm to a crossing WR for a first down.
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  7. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    About a buck two fiddy.
  8. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    The crossing WR was Olave as well.
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  9. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  10. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    His ability to roll out on that one, see the open WR, plant his foot, and angle his arm to get around the defender was impressive to me.

    Only blemish I can think of is his sack he took when he should have thrown it away and the backward pass.
  11. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

    There were a few that he threw sidearm to fit in a window. Namely a few of the throws to the TE in the flat when a defender was present. Impressive.

    The incompletion to Olave while being crushed in the pocket will probably be my favorite pass of his for a long time, though. Not many QBs are standing there for that hit. Especially those with his running ability. And then to drop it perfectly in the WRs hands over the outside shoulder? That’s big time.
  12. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I agree and Olave has to come up with that even though it's a very tough catch to make.

    We more than likely go up 35 to 0 if we get that and not to mention 42 to 0 if Olave doesn't push off (or lack thereof). Funny how 2 plays changed the complexion of the game so drastically.
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  13. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    All his completions were really accurate throws. The four TD throws were all a thing of beauty and he made some really nice throws to the sidelines as well. A lot to be encouraged about for sure.
  14. mendensa

    mendensa Senior

    Agreed, but.... I would take either of theirs over what we have. And Rattler is going to be a star. We would be in a far worse position without Fields than OU would be without Hurts.
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  15. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    His poise with bullets flying was ridiculous for a first start. You can coach that up if someone has it, but you can’t coach it into someone who doesn’t.
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