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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. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    I thought so too... seemed calm which like you said you either have it or don't.

    A really good spot for a first game!
  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Justin Fields Plans to Make Good Use of Lessons Learned


    Saturday in his debut as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, sophomore Justin Fields completed 18-of-25 passes for 234 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-21 win over Florida Atlantic. He also added 61 yards rushing and a touchdown on the ground.

    His five touchdowns tied Dwayne Haskins’ OSU record for touchdowns responsible for in a first start.

    While there were many good things that transpired from last Saturday, there were also a lot of learning experiences for Fields. Both Fields and head coach Ryan Day acknowledge there is much to improve upon as the schedule continues to unfold.

    “He played well in terms of game management. Didn’t try to do stuff that wasn’t there. There was some times where we did get that three-man rush and he didn’t force it,” Day said.

    “He got us going in those drives that we did and scoring later on it was because he kind of kept us on the schedule and didn’t try to force the ball in there. I thought did he a good job there. You know, a few things, reads, a few protection things we’ve got to clean up, but again the more experience he has, the better he’s going to be.”

    For Fields to get better this week to prepare to face Cincinnati on Saturday, there is a long list of aspects within the offense that he will be working on, both in the passing game and in the running game.

    “There’s a lot that we do and there’s a lot that goes into our offense in the running game, there’s a lot of reads,” Day explained. “There’s things that happen pre-snap. There’s things that happen post snap. There’s decisions that have to be made whether he gives the ball, pulls the ball, whether he throws the ball in a perimeter bubble game or something like that.

    “And then the pass game, there’s a ton that goes into that. Are we into the right route, the protection calls, the decisions in terms of progressions, the location of the ball, his technique, all those things come into play.”

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  3. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    On coaching and learning to play with Justin Fields: ‘You can’t tell an artist when to paint’
    By Bill Landis

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — With nine minutes left in the game Saturday against Florida Atlantic, Justin Fields bounced in the pocket three times, looking for a window on third-and-13. FAU’s defense, like it had done for much of the game after giving up four touchdowns in the first nine minutes, rushed three players and dropped eight into zone coverage. Fields bobbed and bobbed and bobbed, never once cocking his arm back to suggest he even saw an opening, before tucking the ball and scrambling for a 3-yard gain.

    I asked Ryan Day about this play specifically Tuesday, because if you watch it again, receiver Ben Victor is breaking open over the middle of the field between the second and third level of defenders. Ohio State practices these throws all the time. Day calls them “1-inch” throws. He brought the drill with him when he came here from the NFL in 2017. He puts a batting practice screen between his quarterbacks and receivers, and he tells the quarterbacks to throw the ball 1 inch over the crossbar, simulating getting a pass over that first defender to where the receiver can high point the ball and keep it away from the defenders behind him.

    Getting the ball to Victor on that play required a 1-inch throw. That Fields didn’t let it loose against FAU was of little consequence in a game the Buckeyes won by 24 points. But as with anything in an opener against an overmatched opponent, you look for things that could tell you something about the future, or where a player is in his development. So I asked Day whether it was OK that Fields either didn’t see that throw, or didn’t want to make it, and instead scrambled for a modest gain before a punt.

    “I think part of it is creating,” Day said. “He has the ability to create. It’s like an artist, you can’t tell them when to paint.”

    Fields scrambled 11 times on the 69 snaps he took Saturday. The results were mixed. He rushed seven times for 25 yards, including a sack in the second quarter and two runs of 10 yards or more in the second half. He completed 1 of 4 passes on scrambles for 17 yards. And that’s the number that probably matters more for Ohio State.

    This is a new world for the offense. Dwayne Haskins rarely left the pocket. Even J.T. Barrett wasn’t much of a scrambler. If he broke the pocket, he was running and getting whatever yards he could. Fields wants to paint. And that balance of when to stay in the pocket and when to get out on the edge will bring about plenty of learning moments for Fields, his receivers and Day.

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  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    If Ohio State's 45-21 victory over FAU was any indication, the Buckeyes offense should have a much more even production balance between its passing and rushing attacks this fall.

    Now, outside of the first six minutes of game time that produced touchdown drives of 70, 26, 58 and 46 yards (via a combined 13 plays), the offense wasn't necessary firing on all cylinders against the Owls last Saturday.

    But what was clear is the fact that Ohio State's offense has a different look and feel to it with Justin Fields behind center.

    In recent years, the Buckeyes offense has slanted toward the skillset of its quarterback. With Dwayne Haskins at the helm last year, Ohio State soared up the pass offense rankings, checking in at No. 1 nationally in passing yards per game.

    There was a trade off with that passing success, however. Ohio State's rushing attack, which had thrived every season under former head coach Urban Meyer, slumped to 58th nationally with just 171 rushing yards per game.

    It was the first time Ohio State didn't finish the season ranked 15th or better in rush offense.

    During that six-year stretch, the Buckeyes' starting quarterbacks (for a majority of the season) were Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett. Both were capable passers, but neither produced an offense that cracked the top 35 teams nationally in passing offense. As a matter of fact, the pass offense ranked 81st or worse in all but two of Meyer's first six seasons.

    But that might not be the case this season with Fields at quarterback.

    The true sophomore made his first collegiate start against FAU, and despite some uneven play, he showcased a skillset that suggests an even balance could be coming to the Ohio State offense.

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  5. sparcboxbuck

    sparcboxbuck What happened to my ¤cash?

    Excited to see him play again, especially after a week of coaching up his own film. 280 in the air and another 75 on the ground against the Juggalos.
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  6. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck 2014 National Champions!

    I'm thinking this kid might have a future.
  7. dragurd

    dragurd Senior

    Very good. Getting better at making decisions when to throw it way still some frosh moments but you the progress already.
  8. bukIpower

    bukIpower Senior

    Been so good at making decisions... you can tell the running game opens up massively in the play action game
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  9. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Impressive performance by Justin. Cool as a cucumber. Dude has an elite arm. Was really accurate throwing the ball. Made good decisions and once again showed that he can be a threat running the ball. No drop off at QB this year.
  10. Bill Lucas

    Bill Lucas Senior

    Exactly what we talked about at the game. Once Ohio State threw on first down once or twice the running game for Dobbins was wide open.
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  11. Systems_id

    Systems_id Senior

    He good
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  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Good analysis.
  13. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member Tech Admin

    If Urban could have built his ideal QB in a lab he would have made Justin Fields.
  14. 1926Buckeyes

    1926Buckeyes Senior

    Yep. I wonder if he would've stuck it out 2 more years if Fields initially signed with OSU. It'd basically be like getting Watson in '14. Hard to turn down the opportunity to coach that talent.
  15. Oh8ch

    Oh8ch Cognoscente of Omphaloskepsis Staff Member

    The chemicals from his lab experiments are what brought on the migraines.
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