Justin Fields will enter the 2020 season as one of the top quarterbacks in college football. Heading into the year, the Ohio State gunslinger and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence appear to be the leaders to claim the Heisman Trophy and potentially be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The hype surrounding Fields grew enormously a season ago, after throwing for over 3,000 yards and throwing 41 touchdown passes with just three interceptions in his first year as a starter at Ohio State. He also rushed for nearly 500 yards and scored 10 touchdowns on the ground.
After seeing Fields perform for an entire season, NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah drew a favorable comparison for the Ohio State quarterback. Jeremiah says Fields reminds him a lot of former Mississippi State and current Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott.
“I think Fields is just a playmaker. He’s outstanding in the RPO game, and he’s outstanding as a zone-read runner, too,” Jeremiah said, according to 247Sports. “So in the QB-design run-game, he’s a good decision maker and then he can make people miss and break tackles. He has some of that physicality to him.
“People always freak out when you use comps because people say, ‘oh he’s way better or he’s way worse.’ But just strength wise, he reminds me of Dak Prescott. Just how Dak as a runner, people just bounce off of him. He’s just real sturdy, and that’s what I saw from Fields. I thought Dak, the progress he made from junior year to his senior year, you really saw him take off as a passer. So I think Fields has more ahead of him as well.”
Fields was incredibly efficient with the Buckeyes in 2019, completing over 67 percent of his passes. Through the first 13 games of the year, he had just one interception, tossing the other two picks in the College Football Playoff semifinal game in a loss to Clemson.
While Fields will undoubtedly be one of the top passers again this fall, Jeremiah does believe there’s some room for improvement. Hanging on to the football too long tended to be an issue for the quarterback, and something the analyst believes Fields could address.
Ohio State is scheduled to play Bowling Green on Saturday, Sept. 5 in the season opener.