Justin Fields was granted immediate eligibility to play at Ohio State for the 2019 season after applying for a waiver. The former Georgia quarterback transferred to Ohio State in January following one year at Georgia.
Fields released a statement on being granted immediate eligibility in the statement as well as his time at Georgia. This is the first time that Fields has publicly commented on his time at Georgia since transferring to Ohio State in January.
I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty. I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall. I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process. While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer. In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.
Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts. I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan…
I will not be speaking about my transfer again. Instead, I will focus all of my attention on getting to work in the classroom and on the field – and doing whatever else I can to help my teammates as we prepare for the 2019 season.
Fields played in 12 of Georgia’s 14 games in 2018 but did not start in any of them. With Fields no longer a member of Georgia, quarterback Jake Fromm will be the unquestioned starter heading into 2019.
After coming to Georgia as one of the most hyped prospects in the country, Fields rarely got to showcase his skills. He never started for Georgia and never really got an extended time to showcase his abilities. He did not play in the Florida game.
ields completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts for 328 yards yards and 4 touchdowns. He also ran for 4 touchdowns as well. Fields was named to the Freshman All-SEC team for his efforts.
But Fields was still a regular part of the Georgia offense, including in the SEC championship game against Alabama. Fields final snap came on a fake punt against Alabama that failed and gave the Crimson Tide a chance to drive for the game winning score. Fields then entered his named in the transfer portal just before early signing day, and officially transferred to Ohio State on Jan. 5. He did not play in the Sugar Bowl loss against Texas.