The hype was surrounding Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields entering this season and he was able to show people just why he was worth the hype in his debut Saturday against Florida Atlantic.
On just the fourth play from scrimmage, Fields showed off his 4.3 speed as he optioned for a 51-yard touchdown run to put the Buckeyes up 7-0.
He also showed off his arm early as well as he tossed three touchdown passes in consecutive drives.
Fields also added another touchdown pass in the third quarter which gave him five total touchdowns for the game. Those five touchdowns set a record for the most in a Buckeyes debut with the program.
While he couldn’t control some of the things surrounding him such as the fumbles or the defense’s lack of energy following the opening quarter, it was a successful debut for Fields and the Buckeyes in their first official game under head coach Ryan Day.
Fields finished the game 18 of 25 for 234 yards and four touchdown passes. He also added 61 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown on 12 carries.
Some on social media said he looked scared and I’m sure he had some jitters today and wanted to make a solid first impression towards his coaches and the university to prove he was worth accepting as a transfer. The competition is going to get harder for Fields but the talent is clearly there and he’s got a great staff to help coach him up.
If he continues to have performances like he did on Saturday, the Buckeyes are going to remain in the national championship conversation this season.