Trevor Lawrence (from left), Justin Fields, Zach Wilson

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Odds swing, favor Mac Jones over Justin Fields at No. 3

Odds for the No. 3 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft are on the move again with Mac Jones and Justin Fields trading places once more.

Fields revealed to NFL teams that he managed epilepsy as the starting quarterback at Ohio State. Reports surfaced with that medical information on Wednesday.

Since then, odds for the No. 3 pick by the San Francisco 49ers swung dramatically in favor of Jones. The Alabama quarterback and national champion held the lead over Fields until a second pro day, with head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch of the 49ers in attendance, gave him a bump with oddsmakers.

Fields was +175 to go third overall with Jones favored at -150 before he held his second pro day workout based on DraftKings and PointsBet odds.

Following the pro day, Fields was the favorite (-121) and Jones dipped to +100.

Now one day after his epileptic condition became public, books are heavily favoring Jones (-145 at FanDuel) to go third and Fields’ (+165) over-under for where he will be picked is leaning to the over (3.5).

At DraftKings, Fields is +175 to be the No. 3 pick behind Jones (-167).

Betting the over on Fields being drafted before pick 3.5 is -230 at FanDuel and the under is +184.

DraftKings moved the over-under pick selection market on Fields to 4.5. The over is +150.

The Atlanta Falcons own the No. 4 pick behind the 49ers, New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars. The first three picks are all expected to be used on quarterbacks.

If Fields slips according to oddsmakers measurements, another team could move up to acquire the fourth pick. The Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Chicago Bears are considered likely partners with the Falcons if a trade is consummated for Fields at No. 4.

DraftKings is offering a special prop with -150 odds the top four 2021 draft picks will be quarterbacks.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch (left) shakes hands with head coach Kyle Shanahan after their win against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

QB3? 49ers set to attend second pro day of Justin Fields, Trey Lance

Oct 18, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman (11) warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, are the San Francisco 49ers locked in on a new quarterback?

Signs point that way as multiple reports indicate the team brass of general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be in attendance for the second pro day workouts of prospects Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Justin Fields (Ohio State).

Fields has his second pro day on Wednesday and Lance is scheduled for his second showing April 19 (Monday), just 11 days before the draft.

Fields is staging another workout in part because the 49ers were in Tuscaloosa, Ala., watching the Crimson Tide draft class that could produce a record number of first-round picks later this month. That includes quarterback Mac Jones.

Interest in the 2021 quarterback class is through the roof and speculation points to the top three or four selections in the draft being spent on QBs, starting with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at No. 1 to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

DraftKings lists Lawrence as a -10000 favorite to be the top pick in the draft.

Lynch was in attendance for BYU quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day right before the franchise acquired the No. 3 pick in the draft from the Miami Dolphins.

The Dolphins secured the 49ers’ first-round pick (12th overall) in 2021 as well as first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. They also received a third-round selection in 2022.

That 12th overall pick didn’t stay with the Dolphins for long. Miami sent it, along with the 123rd overall pick and a 2022 first-round selection, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the Nos. 6 and 156 overall picks in 2021.

The Dolphins initially acquired the third overall pick as part of the trade that sent left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in September 2019.

While Miami has Tua Tagovailoa as its starter, the trade put the 49ers in play to land one of the top-tier QBs of the draft.

Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 pick, while the New York Jets traded their own starter, Sam Darnold, and at No. 2 would have a choice from among Wilson, Fields, Lance and Alabama’s Jones.

Drafting a quarterback third overall could create additional draft dominoes considering the 49ers have Jimmy Garoppolo in the fold.

Garoppolo, 29, was acquired in a trade from the New England Patriots in October 2017 and guided the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2019 season. Garoppolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract extension with the 49ers on Feb. 8, 2018, and his cap hit this season is $26.4 million.

–Field Level Media

Dec 22, 2020; Boca Raton, Florida, USA; Brigham Young Cougars quarterback Zach Wilson (1) attempts a pass against the UCF Knights during the first half at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Zach Wilson heavy favorite to go No. 2 over Justin Fields

Zach Wilson’s steady rise up draft boards has the BYU quarterback the heavy favorite to be selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields had long held that position behind presumptive No. 1 overall pick Trevor Lawrence. But Wilson’s surge that began while BYU was routing most opponents last season has continued into the pre-draft process.

Lawrence is still being offered at -5000 by PointsBet and -2000 by DraftKings to be the No. 1 overall pick, currently held by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wilson now holds the second-shortest odds at both sportsbooks (+1000 and +800, respectfully), and is being offered at -167 by DraftKings to be the No. 2 overall pick. Fields is next at +260, followed by North Dakota quarterback Trey Lance (+700).

Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound Utah native, is considered the most accurate passer in the class while having enough arm strength to make every necessary NFL throw. Compared to the Cleveland Browns’ Baker Mayfield by Lindy’s Draft magazine, Wilson is a more dynamic athlete but will need to learn how to quickly work through his progressions at the next level.

Fields is still the higher-rated overall prospect by some analysts. His raw talent and toughness is unquestioned after playing through a rib injury to lead Ohio State to the national title game last month.

Most of the concern with Fields is that he comes from a loaded program at Ohio State that featured a bevvy of playmakers around him. However, he’s a dynamic dual-threat quarterback capable of becoming the face of a franchise, drawing comparisons to Dallas’ Dak Prescott with his combination of arm talent and competitiveness.

The New York Jets currently hold the No. 2 overall pick, followed by the Miami Dolphins and Atlanta Falcons.

Oregon’s Penei Sewell (-715) is the heavy favorite by DraftKings to be the first offensive lineman drafted. LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase (-150) continues to lead Alabama teammates DeVonta Smith (+125) and Jaylen Waddle (+700) to be the first wide receiver off the board.

Clemson’s Travis Etienne is -200 to be the first running back selected, followed by Alabama’s Najee Harris (+125).

NFL Draft order:
1. Jacksonville Jaguars, 1-15
2. New York Jets, 2-14
3. Miami Dolphins (via Houston Texans), 4-12
4. Atlanta Falcons, 4-12
5. Cincinnati Bengals, 4-11-1
6. Philadelphia Eagles, 4-11-1
7. Detroit Lions, 5-11
8. Carolina Panthers, 5-11
9. Denver Broncos, 5-11
10. Dallas Cowboys, 6-10
11. New York Giants, 6-10
12. San Francisco 49ers, 6-10
13. Los Angeles Chargers, 7-9
14. Minnesota Vikings, 7-9
15. New England Patriots, 7-9
16. Arizona Cardinals, 8-8
17. Las Vegas Raiders, 8-8
18. Miami Dolphins, 10-6
19. Washington Football Team, 7-9
20. Chicago Bears, 8-8
21. Indianapolis Colts, 11-5
22. Tennessee Titans, 11-5
23. New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks), 2-14
24. Pittsburgh Steelers, 12-4
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Los Angeles Rams), 1-15
26. Cleveland Browns, 11-5
27. Baltimore Ravens, 11-5
28. New Orleans Saints, 12-4
29. Green Bay Packers, 13-3
30. Buffalo Bills, 13-3
31. Kansas City Chiefs, 14-2
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 11-5

–Field Level Media

Dec 5, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) passes the ball against the Tennessee Volunteers during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Trask heavy favorite as Fields’ Heisman hopes plummet

Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask appears to be closing in on the Heisman Trophy with two games remaining in his regular season.

Trask is the heavy favorite by sportsbooks, including DraftKings, where his odds have shortened to -125. The fifth-year senior is being backed by 36 percent of the handle and 14 percent of the total Heisman bets at the sportsbook.

Trask has thrown at least three touchdown passes in every game this season.

Mac Jones is the second betting favorite at +100, but only seven percent of the bets are backing the Alabama quarterback who will face Trask in the SEC Championship Game next week. That’s compared to Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, the preseason favorite whose odds have lengthened to +1200 while missing a month of action due to a positive COVID-19 test and a canceled game.

Lawrence is still being back by 18 percent of the total bets at DraftKings despite having only the ACC Championship Game against Notre Dame between now and when the Heisman votes are submitted.

On the fringe of Heisman consideration is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. The second preseason favorite behind Lawrence, Fields’ odds have lengthened to +2500 with the Buckeyes’ scheduled ravaged by COVID-19 issues. However, his odds did not lengthen further in the hours after Ohio State’s game against Michigan was canceled on Tuesday.

Fields has been passed by Ian Book (+1600), although the Notre Dame quarterback is being backed by only seven percent of the total bets and four percent of the handle – lowest among the five.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11) warms up before the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Vanderbilt Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Gators’ Kyle Trask takes command as Heisman favorite

An afterthought in the Heisman Trophy race just a few weeks ago, Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask is now the heavy favorite to take home the award.

Trask has led No. 6 Florida to a 6-1 start while improving his record as a starter to 14-3 since taking over for Feleipe Franks last year. Fourth in the Heisman Trophy odds much of the season, the fifth-year senior is now the heavy favorite at sportsbooks including DraftKings (-134) and PointsBet (-125).

He has leapfrogged a trio that has been jockeying for the top spot all season.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is being offered at +250 by both books, with DraftKings offering Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at +300 and PointsBet listing him at +350.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence began the season as the overwhelming Heisman favorite but has seen his hopes derailed by a positive COVID-19 test and a canceled game, leading to the junior being out of action since last month. He is now being offered at +1200 by DraftKings and +1600 by PointsBet.

Both books are offering Heisman odds on 11 players, but those four are considered the only ones with a legitimate chance to win the award at this stage of the season.

Trask has led the Gators to touchdowns on their opening drive in five of seven games while completing 70.7 percent of his passes on the season for 2,554 yards, 31 touchdowns and three interceptions. His production is considered even more impressive since it has come against an SEC-only slate of opponents in the Gators’ COVID-19-altered schedule.

Only Texas Tech’s B.J. Symons (32 in 2003) has thrown more touchdowns through the first seven games in a season in FBS history. Trask is also second in the nation with an average of 364.9 passing yards per game. He has at least three touchdown passes in every game this season, and at least four in each of his first six games.

Despite his gaudy numbers, the 6-foot-5 Trask is still not considered a first-round NFL draft prospect by most analysts due to moderate arm strength and the lack of dynamic athleticism.

Lawrence may not take home the Heisman Trophy after this season, but he is the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick should he forgo his senior season.

The junior is the -1000 favorite by PointsBet to be the top pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, followed by Fields (+500) and offensive tackle Penei Sewell (+750), who opted out of this season at Oregon to focus on the draft.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2020; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) leads the team before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State QB Fields making Heisman push

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is full throttle in his push for the Heisman Trophy, leapfrogging idle Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence in the odds on the heels of a six-TD performance last week against Rutgers.

Fields is running second in Heisman odds to Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at most books but is now even at BetMGM. Both players are +150 odds, Lawrence is +400 and Florida QB Kyle Trask is fourth at +550.

The biggest mover of the week at BetMGM? Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book went from +10000 to +2500 after guiding the Fighting Irish to an upset of Clemson, then the nation’s No. 1 team.

Jones is at +120 according to Caesar’s, William Hill and DraftKings, which has Fields at +150, and Lawrence, the preseason favorite, at +300. Lawrence has missed the past two games because of a positive COVID-19 test.

He is expected to play in the Tigers’ Nov. 21 game against Florida State following a bye week.

FanDuel opened the Heisman market in February with Fields ahead of Lawrence. Fields was +175 and Lawrence +400.

Fields, Jones and Lawrence are now offered at equal +175 odds. The 7/4 odds mean a bettor placing a $100 wager on the winner would win $175.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2020; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA;   Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (10) gestures during a game between Alabama and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Mandatory Credit: Caitie McMekin-USA TODAY NETWORK

Justin Fields, Mac Jones emerge as Heisman favorites

An absence of at least two games has cost Trevor Lawrence pole position in the 2020 Heisman Trophy race.

Multiple sportsbooks downgraded Lawrence with the Clemson quarterback out for the second game in a row due to COVID-19. Lawrence did not play Saturday in a 32-28 win over Boston College and has been ruled out for No. 1 Clemson at No. 4 Notre Dame this weekend.

Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State dual threat Justin Fields are getting more love with Lawrence out of the picture.

Lawrence is now 2-1 at FanDuel, which installed Jones and Fields as co-favorites in the latest odds released Sunday night. Lawrence, who has 17 touchdowns and two interceptions this season, is expected to play again this season. He remains the favorite to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft even after hinting early last week, prior to the coronavirus news, that he could be back at Clemson next year.

BetMGM moved Lawrence to 3-1 odds to win the Heisman on Monday morning, behind Jones (1.5-1) and Fields (1.75-1).

Fields was 3.5-1 prior to the start of the season. Ohio State improved to 2-0 on Saturday with a win at Penn State.

The 22-year-old Jones has a QB rating of 198.9 with 16 touchdowns and two interceptions. He had four touchdown passes and threw for 291 yards in a 41-0 win over Mississippi State on Saturday that improved the Crimson Tide’s record to 6-0.

There is a cliff between the trio of top contenders at most sportsbooks and the longshots still in the conversation. This all before the Pac-12 kicks off its 2020 regular season this week.

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask is 20-1 at FanDuel and BetMGM.

The top-rated Heisman contender in the Pac-12 is Southern Cal quarterback Kedon Slovis at 22-1.

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book remains 150-1 at BetMGM with a chance for his “Heisman moment” in South Bend on Saturday night.

–Field Level Media

Nov 30, 2019; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) looks to pass in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Fields rejoins Lawrence as Heisman co-favorites

The Heisman race is back on.

The chase was made whole when the Big Ten opted back into a fall season, starting Oct. 24, which means Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields rejoins Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as a betting co-favorite.

BETMGM lists both juniors at plus +260.

Nobody else in the field has their combination of proven skill and a team that can win it all. While the Heisman is the most coveted individual award in college football, recent history shows it almost always goes to a quarterback on a top 10 team (or an Alabama running back). That should inform some betting decisions.

Lawrence was one of the early favorites last season but fell out of favor due to a slow start and a lack of competition in the ACC, which prevented him from posting any big-game “Heisman moments” to impress the voters. His 3,665 yards and 36 touchdowns did help the Tigers reach the national title game, where LSU and Heisman winner Joe Burrow stole the show to cap a 15-0 campaign.

Things are already breaking right for Lawrence this season. He’s 30 for 37 for 519 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, in two games. And it will help that top-ranked Clemson’s schedule is tougher, with games looming against Miami and Notre Dame — and a closing two-step of Pitt and Virginia Tech are more potential matchups against ranked teams.

Fields finished third in the Heisman voting last season, when, in his first year in Columbus, he completed 67.2 percent of his passes for 3,273 yards. He posted a ridiculous touchdown-to-interception ratio of 41-to-3 and became the first QB in Big Ten history to have at least 40 passing touchdowns to go with 10 rushing scores.

The next tier of Heisman odds begins with Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler at plus-700. He’s a redshirt freshman and former five-star recruit, but the key here is “Oklahoma quarterback.” Two of the past three Sooners signal-callers (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray) won the Heisman, while Jalen Hurts was second in 2019.

Some early betting love has come in on LSU wide receiver Racey McMath, who is fourth at BETMGM at +1000. Who is McMath? He’s a senior receiver at LSU, stepping into a much bigger role after Justin Jefferson was a first-round pick and Biletnikoff winner Ja’Marr Chase opted out of 2020.

The odds get back on track after that, with lots of quarterbacks from top teams:

Texas senior Sam Ehlinger is +1100, followed by Miami senior D’Eriq King, Alabama junior Mac Jones, LSU junior Myles Brennan and Florida senior Kyle Trask, all at +2000. Also at +2000 are speedy Alabama wide receiver/returner Jaylen Waddle and Georgia quarterback JT Daniels. The latter is a transfer from USC who, as of Wednesday, had not been medically cleared with the Bulldogs due to his recovery from a 2019 knee injury.

Jones took over for injured Tua Tagovailoa late last season and did a nice job, although he projects more as a game manager in a loaded Crimson Tide offense. Bets can be hedged by opting for talented Alabama freshman quarterback Bryce Young at +2500.

Brennan, meanwhile, inherits a reloading LSU offense from Burrow.

“I’ve always believed in Myles Brennan,” LSU coach Ed Orgeron said this week. “I think he’s an excellent young man, he’s waited his turn, a lot of respect, has a strong arm — probably a stronger arm than Joe Burrow had — can extend plays with his feet, not quite like Joe did.”

King, a Houston transfer, has led Miami to a promising 2-0 start. He’s being compared to Russell Wilson in terms of size, moxie and ability to make plays with his arm and legs. Trask is the preseason pick of the SEC coaches to be first-team all-conference.

A trio of running backs land at +2500 — Clemson’s Travis Etienne, Alabama’s Najee Harris and Ohio State’s Trey Sermon, a transfer from Oklahoma. There might be value further down the board with a pair of promising sophomore quarterbacks at +3500 — North Carolina’s Sam Howell and Auburn’s Bo Nix. Both are returning starters who appear poised to make second-year leaps on teams that could challenge for the College Football Playoff.

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State QB Fields’ petition to play in ’20 goes viral

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’ petition to play football in 2020 has gone viral with signatures from across the United States pushing for the Big Ten conference to reconsider its decision to postpone the upcoming season to spring.

Fields is likely entering his final season at Ohio State. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019, he is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

After Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced the Big Ten wouldn’t play as scheduled in the fall, Fields launched a MoveOn petition. By Monday afternoon, more than 250,000 had signed the petition. Fields said his goal is to reach 300,000.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 are the only Power 5 leagues hitting the pause button, but followed the lead of the Ivy League, Mid-American Conference and others. Warren said medical advice and evolving information regarding the impact of the coronavirus on athletes beyond the typical recovery period from the virus sparked concerns.

Last week, more than half of Iowa’s scholarship players and their parents sent a letter asking for greater transparency from the Big Ten regarding the decision not to play until — if possible — spring 2021. For players like Fields with probable NFL futures, playing a spring season comes with a complete set of unique complications.

The annual NFL Scouting Combine takes place in February and the NFL draft is an annual April event. While the NFL is considering moving both events to accommodate football schedules, athletes conceivably months from cashing million-dollar checks as professional football players are not certain to participate in a college season in the spring.

Fields addressed his petition to “Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, Big Ten University Presidents and Big Ten Athletic Directors.”

It begins, “#WeWantToPlay.

“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season. Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.

“Why is this important?

“We want to play. We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid 19. We believe that we should have the right to make decisions about what is best for our health and our future. Don’t let our hard work and sacrifice be in vain. #LetUsPlay!”

Buckeyes coach Ryan Day voiced his support for Fields on Twitter on Monday.

“I could not be more proud of Justin Fields and I support his efforts,” Day wrote. “He loves Ohio State. He loves his teammates. We ask our players to be leaders and he’s leading. I’m honored to coach him and this team. #FIGHT”

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said each conference institution was allowed to have at least two players participate in discussions surrounding that league’s decision to play in the fall rather than postpone the season to spring.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said delaying the season to later in September allows his conference to be patient on determining whether football can be played safely in the fall.

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) against the Clemson Tigers during the 2019 Fiesta Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State QB Fields’ petition to play in ’20 goes viral

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’ petition to play football in 2020 has gone viral with signatures from across the United States pushing for the Big Ten conference to reconsider its decision to postpone the upcoming season to spring.

Fields is likely entering his final season at Ohio State. A finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019, he is expected to be a first-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.

After Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced the Big Ten wouldn’t play as scheduled in the fall, Fields launched a MoveOn petition. By Monday morning, more than 225,000 had signed the petition. Fields said his goal is to reach 300,000.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 are the only Power 5 leagues hitting the pause button, but followed the lead of the Ivy League, Mid-American Conference and others. Warren said medical advice and evolving information regarding the impact of the coronavirus on athletes beyond the typical recovery period from the virus sparked concerns.

Last week, more than half of Iowa’s scholarship players and their parents sent a letter asking for greater transparency from the Big Ten regarding the decision not to play until — if possible — spring 2021. For players like Fields with probable NFL futures, playing a spring season comes with a complete set of unique complications.

The annual NFL Scouting Combine takes place in February and the NFL draft is an annual April event. While the NFL is considering moving both events to accommodate football schedules, athletes conceivably months from cashing million-dollar checks as professional football players are not certain to participate in a college season in the spring.

Fields addressed his petition to “Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, Big Ten University Presidents and Big Ten Athletic Directors.”

It begins, “#WeWantToPlay.

“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season. Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.

“Why is this important?

“We want to play. We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid 19. We believe that we should have the right to make decisions about what is best for our health and our future. Don’t let our hard work and sacrifice be in vain. #LetUsPlay!”

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said each conference institution was allowed to have at least two players participate in discussions surrounding that league’s decision to play in the fall rather than postpone the season to spring.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said delaying the season to mid-September allows his conference to be patient on determining whether football can be played safely in the fall.

–Field Level Media