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Scarlet Sunrise: Top Buckeyes not thinking about opting out

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Justin Fields is not thinking about opting out of the college football season. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Top Buckeyes not thinking about opting out

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Top Buckeyes not thinking about opting out

As the NCAA continues to wait on making a decision regarding the college football season, some of the country’s top players are beginning to opt out of the season and preparing for the NFL draft.

Ohio State is loaded with NFL talent at nearly every position, but that doesn’t mean the top players on the roster are thinking about that decision to opt out or not just yet. Justin Fields is going to be a first-round pick whether he plays in 2020 or not. Shaun Wade will be, too. Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers could be, as well. They just aren’t thinking about it.

They’re all ready to play for a national title.

“Just playing with my teammates and grinding every day with Coach Mick and doing workouts, plays, stuff like that, I’m cherishing that the most right now,” Fields said. “Really just looking forward to the season and trying to stay as optimistic as possible right now. In terms of opting out, I can see where those guys are coming from. But I haven’t really thought of it yet.”

The Buckeyes are expected to start training camp Friday, and none of their top players have thought about sitting the season out. That’s a good sign for the national title contenders.

For more on that and everything else we learned from the seven new Ohio State captains, click here.

Ohio State names captains for upcoming season

Tuf Borland has been a leader on the Ohio State defense in each of the last two seasons.

Now, he’s in the Ohio State history book as he enters his last year. Borland was named a captain by his teammates and coaches Tuesday afternoon, making him just the second Buckeyes player to be a three-time captain. He joins former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett as the only three-time captains in school history.

Borland is one of seven captains for the Buckeyes this season, as they find their leaders weeks before the most uncertain season in modern history. The other captains are Justin Fields, Wyatt Davis, Josh Myers, Jonathon Cooper, Justin Hilliard and Shaun Wade.

Cooper was a captain last season, but dealt with an ankle injury that forced him to redshirt and return for a fifth year with the Buckeyes. Fields grew into a leader as the season went on and he became more comfortable. Davis and Myers led one of the best offensive lines in school history last season. Hilliard has battled through injuries during his career and began to emerge last year. Wade returned to Ohio State after passing on the NFL.

And they’ll all be asked to lead Ohio State through the most uncertain season in program history.

New Tim May Podcast

The Tim May Podcast welcomes another Ohio State guest this week.

Christina Day, the wife of Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, joins Tim for a conversation about the Ryan and Christina Day Fund, how it has developed in the first year of existence and what it means to raise mental health awareness in Columbus and around the country.

Tim and Day also talk about her first full year as the wife of a college football head coach and the adjustments that come with it. Then, Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward stops by for a discussion about the Big Ten’s latest moves, including impending announcements regarding the college football season.

Don’t miss the latest Tim May Podcast.

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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.