The 2019 college football season ended just over a month ago. In the past month, fans from around the country have been clamoring for news.
The 2020 recruiting cycle fed some of that hunger, but fans still need something to look forward to. Enter Pro Football Focus, which took a look at the best players returning to college football in 2020.
Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named the best player returning, but another star quarterback isn’t far behind. PFF named Ohio State star Justin Fields the best returning player in the Big Ten.
It’s not hard to see why the site went with Fields, who completed one of the best seasons for an Ohio State quarterback in 2019. He threw 40 touchdown passes to just one interception during the regular season.
Here’s what PFF had to say about Fields:
His 92.5 passing grade in 2019 trailed only soon-to-be first overall pick Joe Burrow. Rarely did Fields not show up and struggle in a game. In fact, in just two of his 14 games did he have a passing grade below 70.0. Fields’ accuracy is exactly what you want in a quarterback. When removing passes behind the line of scrimmage, he ranked top 10 in lowest rates of uncatchable passes thrown.
Fields led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff before the team fell in controversial fashion to Clemson.
He’s one of the favorites to take home the Heisman Trophy in 2020 and the Buckeyes are expected to compete for a national title once again.
Can he out-duel Lawrence and be the No. 1 pick in 2021?