Justin Fields says he never thought about opting out of 2020 season
The pressure had to be there. Justin Fields is considered by many to be one of the two best quarterbacks in college football and is almost a guaranteed top-five selection when the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around.
But the Ohio State gunslinger never thought about opting out of the 2020 college football season. He said he wanted to come back to prove himself on the field.
Fields spoke with reporters on Friday, two days after the B1G reinstated a fall football season. The junior quarterback was one of those leading the charge for the conference to reconsider its decision to postpone, frequently stating that he and others felt safe enough to move forward with a fall schedule.
Even when the league postponed, Fields stayed the course. It would have been easy to opt out and begin training for the NFL Draft.
“I wanted to give myself an opportunity to come back and show the world what I can do,” Fields said, according to Kyle Rowland of The Toledo Blade. “I know the talent we have on offense and defense.”
Only two Buckeyes declared for the NFL Draft during the offseason — cornerback Shaun Wade and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis. Wade announced on ESPN that he will be returning to Ohio State, and Davis has the same plan, though he’s needing to jump through a few more hoops to come back.
From the end of last season, Fields has been focused on winning a national championship. Though the 2020 season will be abbreviated and look much different, the Buckeyes are still one of the favorites in 2020.