QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Why Justin Fields Should Win The Heisman: If you remember the Ohio State spring game, Fields completed a beauty of a touchdown pass … and did nothing else.
How could he possibly take over for Dwayne Haskins? How could Ohio State possibly replace all that production?
As it turns out, everything was just fine.
Fields showed why he was everyone’s No. 1 or 1A recruit along with Trevor Lawrence as the electrifying playmaker who also served as a steady and calm leader at the slightest bit of danger.
There wasn’t really any drama this year, but he got banged up against Michigan, and ended any comeback dreams with a bullet for a score. He dominated Wisconsin in the second half of the Big Ten Championship, and he led the way to a big drive against Penn State just when the momentum turned.
And then there’s the one.
He threw an interception against Michigan State. That was it. He threw 40 touchdown passes with at least two in every game, went for close to 3,000 yards, and he only threw that one lonely interception.
Throw in the 471 yards and ten scores, the win over Michigan, the Big Ten title, and the trip to the College Football Playoff, and it was everything the Buckeyes could’ve dreamed of.
Why Justin Fields Shouldn’t Win The Heisman: He’s surrounded by SO much NFL talent. Granted, it’s not a lock that just anyone could step in under center and take this Ohio State team to the CFP, but …
This is a loaded team, and that includes having JK Dobbins to hand off to, one of the nation’s top offensive lines to work behind, and an elite defense to clean up any messes.
Signature Heisman Game: November 30 at Michigan. Oddly enough, this was one of his least accurate games, and he only ran for 25 yards. However, he bombed away on the Wolverine secondary for over 12 yards per pass, came off the bench after hurting his leg, and he finished with 302 yards, four touchdowns, and a blowout win over the arch-rival.
Prediction Of Where Justin Fields Will Finish: Likely third. Three Buckeyes will get plenty of votes, and while Fields will finish ahead of JK Dobbins and Chase Young, it won’t be enough.