Justin Fields is Now Officially Ohio State's Starting Quarterback, But His Work is Only Just Beginning

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Buck 1961's picture

Buckeye nation is behind you Mr. Fields along with your fellow QBs.  Good luck and good health and Go Bucks!!!

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Bristol24's picture

I like our situation in 2019 better than what we had in 2018...only time will tell.  Buckeyes will be in the playoffs.

Good luck Mr. Fields!!!

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PsyBuck's picture

Anyone else get one of the following vibes?

1. Fields is doing so well and popping off, but the coaching staff wants to keep it under wraps in addition to seeing how much more they can squeeze out of him with all this "he knows he has to get better talk".

Or

2. Fields is extremely raw and is really struggling to learn the offense and how to read the defense and adjust accordingly and is maybe less than as advertised as a QB.

I dunno. There's just a large dose of mystery and cryptic talk surrounding how he has done at camp so far. It's been very hard to decipher and wade through.

All I know is I feel better than I would with Tate. Think the ceiling is miles higher with Fields.

"No we don't give a da*n 'Bout the whole state of *ichigan"

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Gflbuck's picture

I believe it to be the former.  At times (to me)  Day's coach speak seems to mirror Tressel's more than Urban's.

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ibuck's picture

Irrespective of vibe 1 or 2, the proof will be in the pudding.

If Fields and the Buckeyes do well, we will all have good vibes.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

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TigerSweat's picture

I have heard through the grapevine that the offense is coming together very nicely. The staff is down playing Fields as much as possible in an attempt to insulate him from the already outrageous expectations. I think we're in for a hell of a ride with this kid.

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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Dan Hope's picture

I think the truth is somewhere well within the middle of those two extremes. He's a young quarterback who has never started a college football game and has been at Ohio State for less than a year – it should take him some time to get to where he needs to be, and he should get better as he gains more experience in practice. Most likely, he's going to be better in November than he's going to be in September, too. I think that Day is definitely trying to temper expectations, and I'm sure some of it is a motivational tactic too, but I also think there really have been ups and downs and improvement over time that should be expected for any first-year quarterback – no matter how highly touted he was as a recruit. And if the media reports on how he has done at camp seem cryptic, that's really just because they don't allow the media to watch nearly enough practice to actually evaluate how he's performing.

TraptnMI's picture

Smart all the way around with Day insulating Fields as much as possible as you would your own child. ”Family atmosphere and all”.

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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Cooper's picture

Completely agree. Fields has potential that could be even greater than Haskins’, but he’s a lot further away from reaching it than Haskins was when he took over last year. 

He knows Justin has all the ability in the world, but he needs to keep hitting certain benchmarks and progress because he just isn’t ‘there’ yet. I have a feeling he will be close once October comes around.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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dschuetz11's picture

I think it's Number Two (2) and what if he gets hurt?

Your operative words are mystery, cryptic, decipher, and wade through!

Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining!

~Judge Judy~

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Ryan.Honeycutt's picture

I’m right there with ya man... who do you believe because one report says the kid is the real deal and the next says he is struggling... I’m thinking it’s more of the first thing with a little bit of of the second (only because he is new, talent is there) but yeah it is a huge question mark when it comes to Me. fields I’m just pumped to see him get after it AUG 31st

RyanPH

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WestSideTower'79's picture

I think any caution is deserved because the kid has only been through about 30 team practices, a couple of scrimmages and a Spring Game. There's no pudding there for placement of proof. The things he still needs to show he can do can only be accomplished in the arena of real competition, where you prove yourself in reaction to circumstance beyond your control, real adversity, real pressure, at full-speed.

North until you smell it, west until you step in it

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NationalChampions2014's picture

Cannot wait to see him this season! He has all the potential in the world and I can't wait for OSU to show all the doubters wrong this year, this team could be one of the best in recent memory

buckeye born and bread-cris carter

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Hoody Wayes's picture

This may be a true baptism by fire, for Fields.

Good thing this captain sounds ready to lead:

https://sports.yahoo.com/ohio-states-dobbins-says-hes-best-back-nation-160045637--ncaaf.html

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soldierdad's picture

The girl walking down the aisle is beautiful but Im not certain I really love her yet.  Nonetheless, “I do”.

The soldier is my son.  The school I gone to didn’t teach much grammar.  

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TigerSweat's picture

I just wish she would do something else with that hair though. Jk

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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TNT's picture

Expectations aside, the nice thing about Ohio State is that you can win a whole lot of games without a stellar QB. Between Chic, Vic, Hopalong, Archie, Eddie, Beanie, Carlos, and Zeke (stops to take a breath), the key to our history of success lies outside the QB position.

That said, if he can step up, we're an automatic contender.

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TraptnMI's picture

I heard Mark Sanchez say, and I’m paraphrasing  “  I think Fields  will be special for this team. I like Ryan Day,  my quarterback coach at Philly.  I think he’s a stud, I think i he’s going to be great “

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

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Steelydan54's picture

We could probably go 12-2 with him completing 55% of his passes due to our balance and his legs. If he completes 60% or more and has a 3:1 td:into ratio or better we will make the playoffs. If we lose one game and win B1G we go (unless it's a blowout, which I doubt). Odds are in our favor. 

Steelybuck54

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CowCat's picture

not only his first season as Ohio State’s starting quarterback, but his first season playing for Ohio State at all

You forgot to add that it's his first season as a starter anywhere in college.

I'm happy Justin is the starter, but we as fans need to have some patience. FAU will be the first time he'll have to lead the whole offense for 3+ hours with Day, Wilson and Yurcich adjusting plays throughout the game. It's a lot to handle. I hope he can protect the ball, trust in in his teammates and get out with his first win. I could care less what the final score is in his debut.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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SpringfieldBuckeye's picture

Patience is definitely needed, but I really don't think he plays a full game against FAU.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

I think he plays it least till the end of the 3rd quarter regardless of the score. He definitely needs the reps heading into week 2. If FAU gets the score ran up on them then that's just too bad.

Noon games suck

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SpringfieldBuckeye's picture

You're exactly right. I don't see him going past 3 though. The game wont be close. Just to get those reps. The only game he may play into the 4th should be Cinci, but I honestly don't think he plays past 3 in that one. I know I sound like a homer, and I am sometimes, but i see explosive plays from this team in all 3 aspects of the game. Especially after a couple of games played, and specific game planning.

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JMeadows's picture

A lot of coaches baby their quarterback's egos and clearly Day doesn't believe in that.  I wonder, along with everyone else, how good Fields is going to prove to be, but I don't think we can learn much by how Day treats his status.  I think he wants him to work hard at being as good as he can.  

Never place a bet on anything that can talk.

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jwm552002's picture

Remember he has only been on campus 8 months. It took Dwyane 2 years so I would temper the expectations. The one thing is does have going for him to move the offense is his legs which Dwayne did not have. I am worried about the o-line doing their job and helping him. 

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tajikey's picture

To be fair, though, it wasn't so much about Dwayne taking two years to be a starter, but the fact that he had the most prolific QB in the history of the school and Big Ten ahead of him on the depth chart.

I'm cautiously optimistic about the Buckeye offense with Fields under center.

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BuckeyeInDenver's picture

I don't want to be too hard on the kid--he's still a teenager, after all--but he does not seem particularly confident in his interactions with reporters. Certainly much less so than Braxton, JT, Cardale, or Dwayne. My biggest concern is how well he handles himself under pressure, and the interviews I've seen haven't filled me with confidence in him.

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Texbuckbear's picture

We shall see.  I'm from Missouri Ohio.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Very good attitude. Everyone on the planet has room for improvement. When you think you're good enough... Take your 10 Super Bowl rings and retire.
Amazing talent isn't enough. Amazing talent guided by tremendous coaches is what has me confident going into this season.

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Exile's picture

The thing this makes me think about is the way that it's very easy for really good athletes to measure themselves against the wrong thing. To think that being the starter is a goal and not a milestone. I think at least part of this is that Day wants Fields to be measuring himself against against the top QBs in college football, not against Hoak and Chugunov. I'd be surprised if Fields isn't already thinking in those terms, but we're all human, it's easy to lose perspective.

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BuckIDave's picture

One of the best things about Fields is that the Buckeyes have him for 2 years......so one great year can be followed by another great year. 

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Dillon G's picture

I'm all aboard the hype train.

#walkaway

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