Justin Fields took a huge hit and college football media is seriously concerned about the Ohio State quarterback’s ability to finish the Sugar Bowl.
Justin Fields should get a medal for his toughness, finishing out the first half of the Sugar Bowl despite taking a vicious hit.
Will he be able to finish the game though?
College football media isn’t so certain.
He shouldn’t be playing. It doesn’t look like he can protect himself.
— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonAspen) January 2, 2021
Man, they gotta pull Fields.
— Adam Kramer (@KegsnEggs) January 2, 2021
man they GOTTA get Fields outta there. i’m worried as hell about him
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 2, 2021
It’s obvious to everyone that Fields wasn’t 100 percent after returning to the game following the blow from Clemson’s James Skalski, which resulted in an ejection. He spent a long time on the ground after the hit and missed just one play.
Justin Fields after this game pic.twitter.com/5LCrslGCX9
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) January 2, 2021
He did go out and throw two touchdowns in the aftermath, but every play was a hold-your-breath moment. Anytime a defender came near it was terrifying.
I am wincing every time Fields takes a snap. https://t.co/dfEFVh92fS
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) January 2, 2021
anyone else cringing each time anyone comes in contact with Justin Fields?
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) January 2, 2021
If Fields stays in the game they will be all run game…That OL will have to be great
The fear I would have is that Fields won't be able to protect himself
— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) January 2, 2021
The big question was whether Fields’ ribs would feel better or worse after halftime.
Have to wonder how Justin Fields' ribs are going to be after sitting for 20 minutes at halftime. Either way, especially with two great QBs, this game has the feeling of a fight to the end.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) January 2, 2021
So what did Fields do? Start the second half and complete a long gain to Chris Olave for 36 yards. Unfortunately for the quarterback and the Buckeyes, he went on to throw a bad interception in the end zone to end the drive.
Justin Fields is playing well through the pain
After a less-than-stellar Big Ten title game, Fields certainly bounced back. He had four first-half touchdowns while leading Ohio State to a big lead over Clemson. In fact, after Clemson took a 14-0 lead, the Buckeyes scored 28 unanswered points.
Fields exceptional toughness helped them get there, but the quality of his play in the second half is going to be a storyline to watch out for.