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Ohio State Professor Defends Justin Fields’ Decision To Take Online Classes

Justin Fields scrambles around the pocket for the Ohio State Buckeyes in a Big Ten college football game.

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - SEPTEMBER 14: Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles in the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has caught a little bit of heat today after he revealed he has been taking online courses instead of attending classes on campus.

But in the wake of some criticism for not going to classes like most of his fellow undergrads, an Ohio State professor has decided to stand up for Fields. One of the criticisms was that Fields isn't doing "real" class work by taking his classes remotely.

Ohio State journalism professor Nicole Kraft explained that the criticisms of Fields are unfair. She noted that online classes have "as much rigor as live ones" and pointed out that non-athletes take them too.

Kraft also explained that online classes offer the same amount of work and learning while being more flexible.

When Fields revealed that he was taking online courses, he explained that it gave him more time to spend on the field and hitting the books.

“I can spend more time on football and studying, stuff like that…But from what I have seen, the campus is beautiful and the people around are great,” Fields said.

Fields joined Ohio State on a transfer from Georgia this past offseason. He won the starting job and quickly established himself as a Heisman Trophy contender.

To date, Fields has 19 total touchdowns while leading the Buckeyes to a 4-0 record.