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What might have been: Fields, once committed to PSU, a superstar for Buckeyes

This tweet from Justin Fields has to be hard to look at now for Penn State fans.

That’s from June 6, 2017. Fields, committed to Penn State at the time, decided to decommit and look elsewhere.

Fields signed with Georgia, but didn’t stay long, and transferred to Ohio State.

Where he’s now a superstar, and a very good candidate to win the Heisman Trophy this season.

Fields was 20-of-21 passing last week. He was 28-of-34 against Penn State. That’s 48-of-55 through two games, an absurd 87.3 percent completion rate.

He’s thrown six TD passes and only seven incompletions through two games.


It’s impossible not to imagine what Fields could have done had he come to Penn State.

Wow. What would THAT have looked like?

Instead, Fields carved up the Lions on Saturday for 318 yards and four TDs.

Meanwhile, Sean Clifford was solid for PSU, completing 18-of-30 for 281 yards, three TDs and one interception.

With all due respect to Clifford, it’s not even remotely close trying to compare him to Fields.

It’s hard to compare anyone in the country to Fields, save for Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. But with Lawrence about to miss his second game next week against Notre Dame because of COVID, you can make the case that the Heisman frontrunner is now Fields.

Watching him throw the ball, with tremendous accuracy and touch, lets you know exactly why he’s expected to be one of the top picks in the next NFL draft.

Fields is so, so impressive. And Saturday, we didn’t even get to see much of his excellent running abilities. It seems that Ohio State is doing what it can to keep him in the pocket and keep him healthy, as opposed to running a lot.

The best news for Penn State fans after Saturday’s game is that Fields will be gone next season. He won’t be around to do to the Lions again what he did this time.

Then again, Ohio State always just reloads at quarterback, so it probably will have someone else doing tremendous things.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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