Even though it’s only February, it’s never too early to look ahead toward the 2020 college football season. Per usual, the Big Ten should be one of the most competitive conferences in the country.
On Wednesday morning, 247Sports analyst Barton Simmons ranked the top quarterbacks in the Big Ten. It shouldn’t really surprise anyone that Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields earned the No. 1 spot on his list.
Fields had an impressive first year in Columbus, throwing for 3,273 yards and 41 touchdowns. His only loss as the starter for Ohio State came in the College Football Playoff semifinal matchup against Clemson.
Another strong year for Fields would solidify his status as a top prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft. More importantly though, it’d keep the Buckeyes in contention for a second-straight trip to the Playoff.
Here’s what Simmons said Fields has to work on for next season, via 247Sports:
“Ohio State did such a good job of giving Justin Fields open receivers within the offense and he showed that he’s precise and efficient as a passer. The next iteration is about anticipation to me, hitting the tight windows, making a covered receiver open by ball placement. That’s what we saw out of Joe Burrow and if Justin Fields is a No. 1 overall type of talent — and I think he can be — that’s the step we need to see out of him in the fall.”
There might be some concerns about his accuracy, but Fields makes up for it with his ability to run the football.
Last season, Fields ran for 484 yards and 10 touchdowns. His versatility allows Ryan Day to open up the offense.
If this past year was just a preview of what’s to come for Fields, he should light up defenses in 2020.