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Ohio State QB Fields Declares For Draft, WR Olave Returning

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Clemson during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans.
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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields passes against Clemson during the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, while Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave is returning for his senior year.

The teammates announced their decisions Monday on Twitter. Fields, expected to be a first-round pick, went 20-2 as a two-year starter for the Buckeyes. Olave was Fields' favorite target and OSU's leading receiver.

Fields, who transferred to Ohio State from Georgia following the 2018 season, was a vocal leader in getting the Big Ten Conference to play football this past fall after canceling the season due to COVID-19 concerns.

During his time with Ohio State, Fields was a two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, led the Buckeyes to a pair of playoff appearances and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019.

The declarations by Fields and Olave were just two of many for Ohio State players on Monday.

All-American offensive guard Wyatt Davis, defensive tackle Tommy Togiai, defensive end Jonathon Cooper and linebacker Baron Browning are following Fields to the NFL draft. Tight end Jeremy Ruckert and defensive end Tyreke Smith will play another year for the Buckeyes.