Justin Fields' Baseball Background Helped Develop Him Into a Better Quarterback, and It Could Be a Factor in Ohio State's Future Recruitment of the Position

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

As far as I'm concerned, if they find that guys like Fields have any common traits that make them stud QBs, let's figure out what it is. Do they all eat citrus fruits on odd numbered days where the forecast calls for rain? Oh they do? SCHOLLY!

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Tulsinator's picture

Russell Wilson, Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, and Jameis Winston all played baseball. Not a bad idea to look at baseball playing QB's.

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Shaquille_Oatmeal's picture

...hence that sick sidearm throw that guys like Mahomes has introduced to the game. That's very Jeter-like. 

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TraptnMI's picture

Mathew Stafford led the way

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

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

Elway was way before Stafford & Bernie - and he actually signed with the Yankees. He had all the arm angles back then from baseball

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TraptnMI's picture

He played baseball, but threw the ball true to form. Not so much off balanced arm angle throws like an infielder. 

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

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Berg2004's picture

I believe Bernie Kosar introduced the league to that sidearm throw...haha

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Bernie was a helluva pitcher back in the day. Miller Rod & Gun. 

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Buctor's picture

Children

Find an old, old set of moving pictures of a guy named Fran Tarkington!  

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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SpaceCoast's picture

Probably be easier if you looked for Fran Tarkenton

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Buctor's picture

Thanks SC, was very careless of me.  Pretty sure I mispronounced his name his whole career too.

I would guess there were guys before him that scrambled and threw from any angle, but he was the first one I remember.  And he did it oh so well.  

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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YinzerBuckeye's picture

This thread in a nutshell:

1-ups, 1-ups everywhere

"Why doesn't Ohio State put a logo on their helmet? Because they'd rather cover it with your misery.
Block by block, hit by hit, score by score. Football is art, and the helmet is their canvas." - Doug Stamper

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SpaceCoast's picture

He was fun to watch and seemed like a great guy, too.

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BruhWhat's picture

Oh sweet god don’t mentioned Crab Leg Winston on this list as a positive. Dude has more interceptions than the rest of the NFC south combined. 

Anything you want you should have

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BeijingBucks's picture

So did Bauserman.... jus sayin 

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Iwouldliketotalktoyou's picture

I logged in to specifically see how many comments would it take for Joe Bauserman to come up. The 13th comment. I thought for SURE it would have been in the top 3. Damn.

Gotta love it.

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slicksickle's picture

Bauserman was my first thought when I saw the headline. Expected the story to compare him and fields.

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Dillon G's picture

As did Joe Bauserman that some assholes here like to make fun of all the time.

#walkaway

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SilverHaven's picture

And an obscure ex-football coach likes to recruit athletes in more than one sport-- Urban Friggin Meyers.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

The SAB family plays a lot of baseball, so those highlights were very enjoyable. Fields is an elite athlete and made many of those tough plays look routine. Very impressive!

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stxbuck's picture

Pat Mahomes played shortstop up until college-and had to the opportunity to do so at Texas Tech. You can see the training in the off balance ropes he can throw. IMO, playing baseball (not pitching) is probably better training for a QB than off season flag-underwear camps. The body is physically trained in different ways-less repetitive stress injuries, different arm skills are developed, and the athlete is making live, in action decisions-you can't duplicate being off balance/in the moment in camp situations.

Athletes becoming one sport focused in jr high is a really bad trend, imo-it leads to burnout and repetitive stress injuries.

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CieGrant_Blitz's picture

Yep, back in the day it was common for your best athletes in HS to be starting QB/SS/PG or WR/CF/PF.

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Glendora's picture

What about Joe Bauserman.....?

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norcabuck's picture

That was the first thing I thought when I read the headline of this article. Bauserman was the worst- threw curveballs down the field. So, yes- he is definitely an outlier if a trend has been established here.

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GD9361's picture

He was a pitcher. The article was mostly referring to guys that played infield.

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I think this carries over into WR/DB recruiting as well.  You want someone that knows how to track a football?  Find someone that was an outfielder.  I wasn't always the fastest guy on the team, but I got to balls that nobody else could.  Once the ball is in the air, I knew where it was going.  It wasn't taught, it was instinct.  

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

The same holds true in rebounding a basketball. I had a knack for “knowing” where the ball was going to bounce off the rim. Can’t explain how I knew to this day. 

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

Kyle Young is a perfect example, always works to win position and finds himself in the right places.  I know a lot of football players are also track athletes which provides speed, but any football player that has played in other team sports in general is usually a plus.

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cafiero.3's picture

I've heard that the tennis serve is actually the best at teaching the correct throwing technique and building those same muscles.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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IGotAWoody's picture

It's true. Tennis was my best sport in HS mainly because I was a late bloomer (didn't reach my full height of 5'9" until 2 years AFTER HS).

Despite my size (lack thereof), I could still compete well in tennis. But working hard on my serve for years directly translated to throwing a baseball/football with more precision and better form.

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TheJOAT's picture

If you think he's dangerous now, wait until our QB room is deeper and Day can turn him loose. Not that Chugs isn't capable, there's just not much depth right now.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Absolutely!   

Fields of Dreams

 

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Oakland Buckeye's picture

Fields gait in HS reminds me alot of the (natural) GOAT - Ken Griffey JR

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Akron Buck's picture

I think Baker Mayfield played shortstop

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

I think this is why Urban always said he liked recruiting guys who played baseball, because of the various transitive skills. 

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