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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields didn’t consider NFL Draft opt out

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Justin Fields never thought about opting out of the season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Justin Fields didn’t consider NFL Draft opt out

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Justin Fields didn’t consider NFL Draft opt out

Justin Fields is going to be a top pick in next year’s NFL draft whether he plays this fall or not. He can only improve his draft stock by playing.

During the five-week period between the Big Ten canceling the fall season and reinstating it, Fields could have easily opted to go train and skipped out on any season Ohio State had. Instead, he stuck with the Buckeyes, fighting for a season by way of a petition and national television appearances.

He never even thought about opting out.

“I really wasn’t trying to rush anything in case this situation did pop up,” Fields said Friday on a Zoom call with reporters. “Another reason is I wanted to give myself an opportunity to come back and show the world what I can do and what I’ve improved on because I feel like I’ve improved a lot on my game. I’ve learned a lot this offseason. I know the talent we have on offense and defense. We’re just all excited to be able to get on the field and show how hard we’ve been working, to show our talents.”

Fields had a chance to do the easy thing: opt out of the season and begin prepping for the NFL. Instead, he never wavered, stuck with the Buckeyes, and now he has a season to play and a national title to try winning.

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Weekend Kickoff at Urban Meyer’s Pint House

On the first edition of Weekend Kickoff presented by Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems, Urban Meyer, A.J. Hawk, Anthony Schlegel and Cardale Jones, joined host Austin Ward to discuss the return of Big Ten Football. The panel covers every topic facing Ohio State football as they prepare to return to play in late October.

Find out what the legendary former players and coach think about the return of Wyatt Davis and Shaun Wade, Justin Fields Heisman chances and whether the Buckeyes will make the College Football Playoff. Plus, the group makes game predictions and much more.

Special thanks to Bryant Heating and Cooling Systems, Columbus Worthington AirUrban’s Meyer’s Pint HouseCoors Light and Byers Auto for making Weekend Kickoff possible.

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Pair of Buckeyes captains meet with media

The Buckeyes are back to preparing for a football season after the Big Ten made the decision on Wednesday to reinstate football. The first games will be the weekend of Oct. 23-24.

Now that football is back on, the Buckeyes are back in the mix for the College Football Playoff. Two of the leaders of that effort are quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Justin Fields and defensive end Jonathon Cooper. Both captains, who were elected to that position by their teammates, met with the media Friday morning to talk about what a season means to them, their motivation, the fight to have the season reinstated and the Buckeyes chances moving forward.

Don’t miss the press conference with the media and the two Buckeyes captains.

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.