Justin Fields, Adelaide Aquilla Honored As Ohio State's Athletes of the Year

By Colin Hass-Hill on June 17, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Justin Fields and Adelaide Aquilla
Aquilla photo: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

It doesn't get much better than this duo.

Star quarterback Justin Fields and standout shot put thrower Adelaide Aquilla have been named as Ohio State's Male and Female Athletes of the Year by the university. They now will be in contention for Big Ten Athlete Of The Year honors, which will be announced on July 13.

This is just the latest in a long list of awards Fields has racked up.

The Chicago Bears signal-caller got picked 11th in the 2021 NFL Draft after completing his junior season in which he led the Buckeyes to the national championship game. In his second year as the team's starting quarterback, he was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football.

Fields, who'll go down as an all-time great Buckeye quarterback, completed a single-season school record 70.2 percent of his 225 passes for 2,100 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions while additionally rushing for 383 yards and five scores last season. His 22-for-28 performance against Clemson when he tossed six touchdown passes in the College Football Playoff semifinal is one of the best performances by an Ohio State quarterback ever.

Aquilla, who's now in Eugene, Oregon, preparing for the U.S. Olympic Trials, won the shot put national title at the NCAA indoor championships with a school-recorded throw of 18.12 meters. She then came in first place in the shot put during the NCAA outdoor track and field championships with a throw of 18.98 meters.

At both the indoor and outdoor Big Ten championships, Aquilla won the conference title for shot put. She both earned indoor and outdoor field athlete of the year honors. Her throw of 19.12 meters at the outdoor Big Ten championships broke the prior conference, school and personal records.

Fields is the 12th football player to become the school's Male Athlete of the Year and Aquilla is the seventh track and field athlete to be Ohio State's Female Athlete of the Year.

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