Since the 2018 season neared its end in December, Justin Fields has dominated headlines around Ohio State and college football.
On campus for winter workouts since Jan. 17 and deemed immediately eligible Feb. 8 by the NCAA for the 2019 campaign, Fields approaches spring camp the week of March 4 hungry to compete with the Buckeyes.
From fit with the overall program and offensive scheme under head coach Ryan Day to the quarterback room after one-year starter Dwayne Haskins left for the NFL draft, Fields details the new beginning at OSU.
On the difference between Georgia and Ohio State as football programs…
“I can definitely tell up here it’s a more player-friendly kind of atmosphere. The coaches up here call you week-to-week or day-by-day and check up on you to see how you’re doing and if you’re getting used to stuff and things like that. So, I’ve enjoyed talking to the coaches. Not really all about football, but just kind of about life, pretty much.”
“I knew of him, but I didn’t really know him. I guess you can say I was surprised that he left, but we’ve got to do what’s best for us and I wish the best of luck to him.”
“Matthew is a great guy and a great competitor. I can tell by what we’ve been doing now that he’s smart in the film room, and he’s just a nice guy overall.”
On his thoughts of Ohio State’s offense after one year in Georgia’s system…
“Well, this offense is kind of different from Georgia. But I also think being in that Georgia pro-style offense, that has prepared me for this offense. And of course I have some things to learn, but I hope I can get them down and get started quickly.”
On his fit in Ohio State’s offense despite just recently joining the team…
“I would say just the type of plays. Coach Day has a lot of, I guess, what you call pure-progression reads, which is kind of a one, two, three, four read. Those, to me, are the easiest reads because you’ve just got to go across the board and read it like that. Also, just the guys that we have at wideouts. They’re all great athletes and great players.”