Desmond Howard on Ohio State's trio of Heisman candidates: If you want to push one, push Justin Fields
Ohio State is having a remarkable season, and three Buckeye players are putting up impressive individual numbers.
By now, everyone is well aware of Chase Young’s marks. Despite missing the past two games due to a suspension, Young has 13.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and a blocked kick on his resume. He has been arguably the most dominant player in college football.
On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Justin Fields and J.K. Dobbins have quietly compiled their own Heisman-worthy numbers. Fields has 41 total touchdowns while completing 69.1% of his passes and throwing just one interception. Dobbins has rushed for over 1,200 yards while averaging 7.0 yards per carry with 15 total touchdowns.
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On Saturday morning, the College GameDay crew broke down the trio of Heisman candidates on Ohio State’s roster. Pat McAfee touched on Young’s work. Regardless of the Heisman race, he has no doubt Young is going to terrorize Penn State’s offense in his return:
“He’s going to get his numbers up today,” said McAfee. “He’s the most talented player in all of CFB, everybody knows that, and he’s going to absolutely slaughterhouse Penn State’s offensive line.”
For Kirk Herbstreit, he highlighted Dobbins as a name that has a chance to come out of nowhere over the final stretch of the season:
“I think J.K. Dobbins has a chance to come out of nowhere. If he goes off today and has a big game in Ann Arbor, I think J.K. Dobbins is a name that can step up,” explained Herbstreit.
For Desmond Howard, his argument was much simpler. He made a plea to Ohio State fans to push Justin Fields for the award over his teammates:
“If you want to push one of your guys, push Justin Fields,” said Howard.
Obviously, Joe Burrow has cemented his name at the top of the Heisman race. However, any of this trio of Buckeyes is more than deserving of a spot as a finalist for the prestigious award.