​The Ohio State Buckeyes replaced Dwayne Haskins with sophomore ​transfer Justin Fields, who came from Georgia shortly after the College Football season.


Fields has not played much against big opponents, and in the last important game we saw him in against Alabama, he was used to attempt a fake punt as a runner and got tackled for a loss.


As a dual-threat quarterback, he will be running a lot as well as throwing, which leaves a higher risk of injury. This raises the question: what happens to Ohio State if Fields gets injured?

Fields is the clear ​favorite to begin the season under center for the Buckeyes. As a former No. 1 recruit, Fields offers much potential, but also a significant risk.


After the news that Matthew Baldwin has entered the transfer portal, one look at the depth chart shows OSU is thin at the position behind Fields, which could prove to be a problem.

Baldwin was in a position battle with Fields for the starting job, as it was reported that both QBs were getting equal opportunities through the spring game. 

​​Whether it is because of Fields or not, the bottom line is that if he ends up transferring (and he doesn't have to even though he entered the transfer portal), it will leave a gaping hole if Fields goes down with an injury.


The next in line behind Baldwin would be senior transfer from West Virginia, Chris Chugunov, who was redshirted following his transfer to OSU. He served as the backup quarterback for WVU two seasons ago, and has only appeared in 10 games.

The quarterback behind Chugunov is preferred walk-on Danny Vanatsky, who is a sophomore but did not appear in a game in his first season at Ohio State last season. This is clearly not the best depth at the most important position on a football team.


If Fields stays healthy, there will be nothing to worry about for the Buckeyes. Still, it's always best to have insurance.