There is a 116-day span between the College Football National Championship game and the 2021 NFL Draft. That is a lot of time for NFL front offices and scouts to form opinions on the top prospects. Criticism has been raised regarding quarterback Justin Fields, but Ryan Day is having none of it.
Day coached Fields for two season at Ohio State and recently spoke out to stand up for his former signal-caller. He made sure to denounce claims of a weak work ethic and a low desire to be a great quarterback by bringing up multiple first-hand examples.
Justin Fields Criticism
One of the major points that Day brought up was how Fields led the way in creating a petition to not have the Big Ten football season canceled in 2020. He reached out to players from around the conference and made sure everyone wanted to compete.
Fields never even debated opting out like some other players did and put in the work to be ready by the time the season kicked off.
"The guys who were self-motivated and could do things on their own, those were the ones who made it. He was unbelievable. He changed his diet, he got stronger. He did better than most.”- Ryan Day
Day also made sure to mention Fields' desire by sighting his play in a game against Clemson last season. Fields took a major hit to the ribs and was noticeably a bit hurt. However, he stayed in the game and threw four touchdowns leading the Buckeyes to a statement win.
No matter what, NFL prospects like Fields are always going to be met with some kind of criticism, so it is great to see coaches like Day speak out. Fields has the potential to be a game-changer at the next level and will likely be a top-10 pick come April.
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