Coming into the season, one of the biggest question marks surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes was Justin Fields. Everyone knew his potential, that was clear when he was one of the best high school prospects in the 2018 class. But having only played sparingly for Georgia last season, With the keys to the scarlet and gray’s offense in 2019, no one knew what to expect with the first-year starter.
Through two games, he has already proven that those expectations and that potential are real. Whether it’s throwing or running ability, Fields has used both. While it might only be against Florida Atlantic, the quarterback has already made it known that he is an elite playmaker when he has the ball in his hands.
After a record-breaking five-touchdown performance in Week 1, Fields had yet another impressive game in Week 2. While helping lead Ohio State to a dominant 42-0 shutout over Cincinnati this past Saturday, Fields proved yet again that he can be the quarterback everyone in Buckeye Nation was hoping for.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders last Saturday, Fields finished the game completing 20-of-25 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns while also adding nine carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Led by Fields, Ohio State’s offense was basically able to do whatever they wanted whenever they wanted.
Following in Dwayne Haskins’ shoes is never easy. He’s in the NFL, selected in the first round by Washington, for a reason, but so far, Fields has proven that he can lead Ohio State’s offense to something special. It’s the reason so many around college football are talking about him. It’s also the reason Fields checks in at No. 5 in ESPN’s latest Heisman Watch.
Notable: Fields followed up his sterling debut with another gem — throwing for two TDs and rushing for two more — as OSU shut out Cincinnati, 42-0. He finished 20-of-25 for 224 yards.
Quotable: “Quarterback Justin Fields, who has nine TDs in his first two games, showed improved decision-making while under pressure.” — ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren
He still has plenty to prove and a number of players to jump over in the rankings, but Fields’ entire focus is on Ohio State’s offense and the success that the Buckeyes have. Everything else will just continue to fall into place if Fields does his job the way he expects to. He may still be at No. 5 in the latest Heisman, but if he continues to improve, gain chemistry with his receivers, and develop, something special things lie ahead for Fields and company.
While helping lead LSU to a win over then No. 9-Texas in Austin, former Buckeye Joe Burrow once again impressed. He has taken the Tigers offense to another level and has been the type of quarterback LSU has needed and wanted for years. The gunslinger dominated Texas’ defense, carving them up for 471 passing yards, four touchdowns, and one interception while completing 31-of-39 passes. It’s the reason he has made quite a huge leap in the Heisman Trophy talk.
Both Fields and Burrow have been two of the most accurate quarterbacks in college football through two games.
Here are the quarterbacks with the highest adjusted completion percentage so far this season! pic.twitter.com/hZ2Sl3YY8J
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