It sounds as though we’re getting confirmation as to what we already knew. Justin Fields’ career with Ohio State is coming to a close.

Monday night, the Buckeyes fell hard to Alabama in the national championship, suffering a 52-24 defeat to end the season with a 7-1 record and coming up one game short of bringing a title back to Columbus. And after the game, Day appeared to confirm that Fields’ career with the Buckeyes ended when the clock hit zero at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

“Justin’s been unbelievable,” Day said after the game. “He’s as competitively tough of a player as I’ve been around.

“He’s an unbelievable player. I’m going to miss him.”

Shortly after Day spoke with the media, Fields took a few minutes to talk with reporters. His message wasn’t much different than Day’s, also suggesting he’s declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft.

“Definitely wanted a different outcome,” Fields said. “I’m going to miss everybody.”

 

That would seem to indicate that Fields will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft. That’s not a surprising decision, as he’s considered one of the top quarterbacks in college football. He’s likely to be a Top 10 pick later this spring, as well.

Fields didn’t end the year the way he would’ve hoped. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 194 yards and 1 touchdown in the loss, while also accounting for 67 yards on 6 carries.

Fields will leave Ohio State after spending two seasons as the team’s starting quarterback. He was 20-2 as the starter, appearing in the College Football Playoff each season.