Justin Fields is Having the Quietest Greatest Season Ever for OSU

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JM's picture

27 TDs passing, 10 rushing.

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youra6's picture

Yes, I'm just highlighting his passing TD/INT ratio though. 

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NHBuckeye's picture

That’s just so incredible when you think about it.   1 int in 211 attempts!!!  Wow. 

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BrutusB's picture

He’s had some should-be INTs - including one this past weekend.  But by the same token his receivers have dropped a few TDs too. 

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cecsix's picture

Every QB to ever play the game gets the benefit of a few dropped INT's, and suffers from some dropped passes.  Neither is unique to Justin.  The point is, for a guy we were told couldn't read defenses, stares down receivers, etc, he's showing that he takes outstanding care of the ball and is in command of the offense.  

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rkylet83's picture

Imagine what he’d do if he had to play in the second half!  It’s actually remarkable and probably motivates him that he’s not being regarded in the same way as Tua, Burrow and Hurts.  

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DefenceWinsChampionships's picture

It’s a double edged sword though. You have to play against better competition to play the whole game. And if you’re playing against better competition, your stats probably don’t look as good. Not saying that he still would have incredible stats, he would. But against better competition, the completion percentage inevitably goes down, and the INTs go up. 

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faux_maestro's picture

Or you could be on a team like last year where you have to score 50+ just to barely win because the defense gives up 50+.

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bd2999's picture

Granted, I do not follow LSU or OU as much but they often play farther into the game and still put up good stats. They also have more questionable defenses.

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stxbuck's picture

To be fair, and football-realistic, if he had to play into the 4th quarter consistently, his stats probably would be about the same, b/c if he didn't have 5 or 6 TDs on the board by halftime, that would necessitate him playing into the 4th quarter-MSU and Wisky.

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BuckeyeBlitz22's picture

He's outpacing Haskins? Wow, thought he was behind Haskins's pace. That's awesome. He improves week to week.

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JM's picture

Props to Jim Laurinaitis for mentioning the stat this morning with Beau Bishop on their show.

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GareBear's picture

Who is Jim? Is that James’s dad?

/s

Michigan sucks

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BrutusB's picture

In TDs anyway.  Through nine games last year Haskins had 3053 yards, or 1200 (!) more than Fields does now.

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BuckeyeBlitz22's picture

True. However, Haskins had to play a lot of games all the way through up until this point. We also through the ball 60 times a game. The TD"s is impressive. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

True.  Haskins also had 347 attempts through nine games (8.798 Yards per Attempt). 

Fields only has 211 attempts for 1859 (8.810 Yards per Attempt).

Completion percentages: 70% for Haskins and 68% for Fields.

Haskins 32:6 TD/INT ratio. Fields' 27:1 TD/INT ratio.

Haskins Avg Passer Rating (thru 9 games) 181.2.  Fields 183.5

These two cats are very close statistically; Haksins played many more quarters and threw way more passes, thus all the yards.

Edit: The biggest difference, which may be a function of the entire offense, the entire team, or the team's played, is that Fields is more consistent.  In 9 games his passer rating has only been below 150 once: versus Wisconsin.  Haskins had three games below 150 in his first nine, and fourth in game 10: PSU, Nebraska, Purdue and MSU.  So while Haskins's highs against Tulane and Rutgers were much higher than anything Fields has done, his lows were much lower. 

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bd2999's picture

Haskins was also in some more dog fights as the offense. Fields has enjoyed a bit more from success all around the offense. And that is great. I feel at times OSU could not do much right outside of WRs and QB last year. The line was sometimes questionable and the RBs were inconsistent. Not horrible, but not great by OSU standards.

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stxbuck's picture

Fields has a dominant running game to work with this year, Haskins had to throw about 8 or 9 screen passes a game last year to compensate for the lack of a dominant run game.

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Gmac44135's picture

Fields being able to run himself has helped the running game tremendously With Dwayne Haskins, that was not the case. No team was worried about Dwayne running at all.

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mtrotb's picture

He looks effortless as well.  Has not really had to carry team on his back or needed to rush for 100+ in a game yet.  Probably will be the B10 POY.

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Hovenaut's picture

Agree, all points.

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

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GareBear's picture

Which is fortunate for us, to be honest. I’m not sure what we’d do if he had to tuck and run as consistently as JT. 

Get on the Chugs bus?

Michigan sucks

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JTstan16's picture

You’re drunk if you think Day would ever turn to Chugs with a healthy Fields on the roster. Fields playing half as good as he is now gives the teams a better chance than Chugs. 

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milhouse4588's picture

Between him and Dobbins I think for B10 POY right now.

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yantubos's picture

Some guy on Iowa already won it

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BrutusB's picture

I mean, he's got some of the best odds to win the Heisman, will be the All-B1G QB (and possibly league MVP), and hasn't even had his biggest spotlights yet. It hasn't been THAT quiet.

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stantmann's picture

Haskins didn't get much fanfare either. JT's first year, he was at 33 this time of year (he had 45 in 10.5 games), and it was very quiet too. I have no idea why though...

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Rone2002Osu's picture

45 in 11 1/2 games. Got hurt against _ichigan in the 12th game. To be fare it wasn't quiet 45 tds either he finished 5th in the Heisman voting that year.

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stantmann's picture

Ahh yes, 11 1/2 games, my math was off.

Pretty sure Justin will be higher in the Heisman voting though.

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Rone2002Osu's picture

I think he will finish at worst 4th and will still be behind CY who will come back and rack up at least 5 more sacks through the B1G championship game. I still think of he comes back he has at least 2nd place behind Burrow. He pretty much wrapped that shit up against Bama

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Varsity O's picture

And he (mostly) only plays the first half. Wow.

Feel like this gets overlooked when people are talking QB stats. 

"No wait, it's gotta be your bull."

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youra6's picture

Yep, Fields could easily add another 1000+ yards to his  passing stats if Day wanted to pad them, but the more important stat is that Fields is roughly 50% less likely to have an injury. Once he learns to get rid of the ball faster, that number will be even higher.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

My biggest takeaway is while he’s only thrown 1 int, he’s got to have less than 5 others that could’ve even been picked off.  His decision making has been unreal for a 1st year starting QBs who before he came, was thought to be a runner.  It’s clear his coaching has worked...go through his reads, keep eyes down field. Yes it’s resulted in a sack, but to quote Saban, any drive that ends in a kick is a good drive.  Opponents have had zero chance to seize momentum from this team. 

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NavyBuckeye91's picture

I would also love to see a stats comparison that has the fidelity of drops and throw-aways.  I can remember a few games where Haskins was drilling receivers with bullets 5 yards from the LOS that they were dropping.  He could sling it a mile with accuracy, but it seemed at times that he lacked touch in close.  I have yet to see Fields do that.

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BroJim's picture

No doubt Fields is talented. He can still improve as a passer, most defensives won’t leave our WR as open as Maryland. 

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

And yet just about everyone has so far...tribute to Day and his staff more than anything.  

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cajunbuckeye's picture

Maybe Rutgers...

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Skunk bear blood's picture

Just because

IT. WAS. A. FUMBLE.

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andretolstoy's picture

Yes. I was impressed to see that Field's pop is a bad ass.

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TurboNut's picture

Apple doesn't fall far from the tree. You see where Justin gets his character and toughness from. 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I was just re-watching the Wisconsin game with my dad tonight and said to him that Fields still has a very high ceiling to reach. I believe we have only seen the surface scratched on his potential.

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Kernfan's picture

When he has another spring and summer set of practices he should be even better next year (maybe not statistically since we don't know how the team jells around him).  Then another Buckeye first or second in the draft, figuring its him or Trevor Laurence.

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AGAB's picture

Thanks, Skunk Bear Blood for the best JF post !  We are fortunate to have JF and his family as Buckeyes !

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BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

I just hope coach keeps him in for 4 quarters against Clemson so we can drop 90 on those dudes.

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TheDizzle's picture

Next year will be his Heisman run

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TurboNut's picture

He will be the front runner for the Heisman right out of the gate next year. 

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Bucktown 5.7x28's picture

My money would be on Justin and not on the Fields 

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Sunny Buck's picture

As a football fan of over 50 years I have never bought into the Heisman hype. Never really cared who won, just cared about team championships. Besides, it is an exclusively an offensive player award, usually a QB or running back thing. Defensive players always face a nearly impossible struggle to win the thing. It's too one sided.

That said, Justin Fields is as good as any QB in college football and there are 4 games left to play. If he doesn't win it, I'm sure a national championship will satisfy him just fine.

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LCT's picture

Yep. You'd never know it. It's amazing.

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ClevelandCheeto's picture

He should only play 2 series on Saturday. Keep him healthy.

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MileHighBUCKEYE85's picture

I don't disagree but I do not imagine that they will get much, if any, pressure on him.  Thus, I would keep him in for a half and challenge him to stay in the pocket, make his reads, and throw the ball away if nothing is there.  

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Triv's picture

He also has over 100 less snaps than Haskins did through 9 weeks (Haskins at 670, Fields at 569). Haskins threw the ball on 52% of snaps (347/670) compare to Fields 37% (211/569). Fields efficiency has been absolutely absurd.

From a total touches standpoint (passes plus QB runs) Haskins had 385 through 9 weeks compared to 292 for Fields.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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milhouse4588's picture

Well we've played 9 games as a team. Justin may have played about 6.5-7 as an individual with the amount he's been resting in the second half.

I like when good aspects of our team fly under the radar. We play better, people still seem surprised when we perform well, and it keeps us focused.

Let Burrow have the Heisman. He deserves it at this point and he can have the headlines. I'll enjoy seeing how he performs when our D-line has him in their sights.

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Triv's picture

I'll enjoy seeing how he performs when our D-line has him in their sights.

Also will be funny to watch him get antsy on the sidelines because his defense can't get off the field. LSU allowed Najee Harris, in a Bama rushing offense that is average 4.9 YPC and and only 160 yards per game, to run for 146 yards on 7.7 YPC.

OSU has the 3rd ranked rushing offense at 6.3 YPC and just under 300 yards per game. Dobbins, Teague, and Fields are going to have an absolute field day on the ground if we play LSU, and it's going to keep our defense fresh if the offense can churn up 5+ minutes every drive by running for 7 yards a play.

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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MaineStrength's picture

I know it's easy to think homer when you see another guy rooting for your rival, but I don't mind admitting when I'm wrong.  My expectation for Fields was guarded based primarily on his lack of experience and his less than stellar spring game performance.  He's has played significantly better than I expected and has turned into a great pickup for OSU.  His QBR rating is about where I expected and his throwing yards are actually below where I expected as I thought around 3,000 for the season, but his TD to INT ratio and his accuracy are way better than I thought.

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JM's picture

Quick update on Justin Fields' numbers.

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Sloopy1976's picture

I hate to break it to all the Joe Burrow honks in here, but Fields has a better Total QBR than Burrow. 

After games completed on November 16:

Fields: 93.8

Burrow: 93.2

Just sayin'....

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Are there folks on this site like that? I hadn't noticed.

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Sloopy1976's picture

Well played, Evanston....well played. 

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stantmann's picture

JT had 38 after this 10th game his freshman year (29 passing, 9 rushing).
 

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OSU069's picture

No doubt Barrett had an amazing season that year however Justin is barely ever playing in the 4th quarter and doesn't play that much in the third quarter in some games. The large majority of his touchdowns have come in the first half. 

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stantmann's picture

Justin's barely playing in the 3rd quarter....

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates. Your loyalty is to them. You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you." Yogi Berra

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Scarlet and Great's picture

In other words, the QB position has been filled nicely as of late, thanks Coach Day!

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scarletgray's picture

I have never seen so many wide open receivers and I am hoping it's our talent and not the lack of it on all the other teams

JDK

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Gmac44135's picture

It's a combination of both I feel. I am not sure we faced a good secondary yet or an elite offense. We have played great but no team had comparable talent to us yet.

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