A piece of news that seemed inevitable is now official: Justin Fields is Ohio State’s starting quarterback.
Ryan Day, entering his first season as OSU’s head coach, announced Monday that Fields, the high-profile transfer from Georgia, will lead the offense when the Buckeyes open the season against Florida Atlantic in Columbus. Fields beat out Gunnar Hoak, a graduate transfer from Kentucky, and Chris Chugunov for the job.
Fields was a five-star recruit in the 2018 class, ranked as Rivals.com’s second-best QB prospect behind Clemson star Trevor Lawrence. Fields competed for the starting job as a freshman at Georgia, but could not beat out Jake Fromm.
Fields saw action in 12 games, completing 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 266 yards and four scores.
After the season, Fields announced a transfer and was controversially granted immediate eligibility after landing at Ohio State. Now he will assume the role that Dwayne Haskins, a first-round pick of the Washington Redskins, thrived in in 2018.