The Sugar Bowl duel in the College Football Playoff Semifinals ushered in another chapter in a rivalry dating back to the NCAA recruiting class of 2018. Justin Fields, who then agreed to play for Georgia, was appointed by ESPN the best high school prospect in the country and listed as a double-edged quarterback. Rivals and 247Sports they profiled him as the second best behind Trevor Lawrence.
In their dispute for the pass to National Championship, Fields completed 22 of 28 attempts (78.6%) for 385 yards and six touchdowns in exchange for an interception. With this, the player has raised doubts among fans of Jacksonville Jaguars (1) and New York Jets (2) about who they should select in the next NFL Draft.
When facing the favorite Alabama, of Nick Saban, in the most important game of college football, and of the quarteback’s career, for which his absence due to injury was speculated after receiving a strong blow from James Skalski (Clemson) in the back, Fields’ career can be seen in retrospect his career, the evidence of which shows his ability to go against the odds.
Once with the Bulldogs, the team preferred to give the position to Jake Fromm, selected in the fifth round (169) of 2020 by Buffalo Bills. After a year in Athens (Georgia), one hour and 40 minutes from his place of origin (Kennesaw), Fields requested his transfer when he could not keep the title in January 2019. There, Fields landed in Ohio.
Other versions suggest that the quarterback decided not to remain on the team after receiving a racial slur from a member of the Georgia college baseball team.
Traspaso a Ohio State
According to the quarterback, whose initial search had a specific fixation on his position – above the collective results – he found in Ryan Day the qualities necessary to request his transfer to the Most prolific college program in producing professional players of the last decade. “Coach Day is a great offensive-minded coach. We had a relationship in high school, but they had someone engaged at the time so I didn’t really have a good contact with him at the time. He’s smart as I can tell. I have met with him and from some plays I can say that he has a great offensive mind, ”he said upon arrival.
Having studied Consumer Financial Services, Fields also boasts on his resume he is a finalist in the 2019 Heisman Trophy voting, behind Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, and ahead of Chase Young, his former teammate at Ohio State. That year the college program was ultimately ranked third in the AP college rankings and made it to the CFP Semifinal, where they lost to the Clemson Tigers in the Fiesta Bowl.
Fields played 14 games in which he completed 67.2% of his shipments for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions.
Numbers in 2020
In 2020, with the NCAA campaign for the coronavirus pandemic late being resumed, Fields played seven games. Rather than increasing his production as such, the third-year quarterback took experience as knowledge to be more selective when it came to dropping the ball by completing 73.4% of his shipments.
“Everyone’s doubts drove us a little more. I prepared for this game like never in my life. I think I showed it on the field, “said Fields at the end of the victory against Clemson.