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Ohio State QB Justin Fields enters the NFL draft, but receiver Chris Olave is returning to the Buckeyes

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.

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Fields, expected to be a first-round pick, said in his lengthy Twitter post that while his path to Ohio State was not direct, he couldn’t “have asked for a better final destination.” He went on to thank his family, coaches, support staff and teammates.

“Growing up, my dream was to one day play the game that I love at the highest level. Now thanks to God’s grace and mercy, along with the help of you all, I am in a position to turn that dream into reality,” the 6-foot-3, 228-pound Fields posted.

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The 21-year-old Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 and went 20-2 in two years as Ohio State’s starter. He led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff twice, losing to Clemson last season in the semifinals and to Alabama in this season’s title game. Fields was a two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year and won this season’s Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the conference’s best player as voted by coaches.

Fields’ draft stock surged after he outplayed Trevor Lawrence in this season’s semifinal win over Clemson. With Lawrence all but certain to go to the Jacksonville Jaguars as the No. 1 pick, the New York Jets pick second and could make Fields the centerpiece of their rebuild if they decide to move on from Sam Darnold.

After playing his freshman season at Georgia, Fields passed for 5,373 yards and 63 touchdowns with nine interceptions for the Buckeyes. He also rushed for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Olave was Ohio State’s leading receiver and Fields’ favorite target. The 6-1, 188-pound junior had 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

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Olave thanked his coaches and tweeted, “There are so many great memories but we’re not done yet.”

Buckeyes guard Wyatt Davis and defensive tackle Tommy Togiai joined Fields in passing up their senior seasons to enter the draft, while tight end Jeremy Ruckert and defensive end Tyreke Smith will return for their senior years in 2021 along with Olave.

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