ATHENS — Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields made an immediate impact upon entering Saturday night’s game against Vanderbilt at Sanford Stadium.
Fields entered on the Bulldogs’ fourth possession, coming in on a second-and-6 at the Commodores’ 24-yard line in the second quarter.
Fields handed off to tailback Elijah Holyfield and faked like he was running to the left, and it seemed the whole Vanderbilt defense followed Fields.
Holyfield, meanwhile, ran around right end and into the end zone.
The touchdown extended Georgia’s lead to 14-3 at the 7:49 mark of the second quarter.
Bulldogs sophomore Jake Fromm started his 20th straight game and has run up a record of 17-2, ranking fourth in the nation with a completion percentage of 72.5 percent.
Fromm was 9-of-13 for 132 yards and a touchdown at the point Fields entered the game.
Fromm’s touchdown came on a 75-yard pass to Terry Godwin in the first quarter.
Fields has played in relief of Fromm in each of the first six games, and coach Kirby Smart said after last week’s 38-12 win over Tennessee that the Bulldogs were alternating quarterbacks based on play calls.
Fields, a durable 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Kennesaw, has been effective primarily as a runner this season.
The Commodores had trouble with Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft last Saturday. Croft, like Fields, possesses great mobility and rushed for 41 yards on nine carries in addition to a 22-of-31 passing line for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Smart has said Georgia has no plans to limit Fields to being a so-called “package” quarterback, however, as he also possesses great arm talent and a high football IQ.
Fields is 15-of-19 passing for 147 yards with 2 touchdowns and no interceptions, and he has carried the ball 13 times for 115 yards, an average of 8.8 yards per attempt.
Fromm entered the game 66-of-91 passing for 924 yards with 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Fromm was credited with 12 attempts for a net minus-22 yards, sacked seven times.
The Georgia quarterback situation has been a source of great conversation, including Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay. Bulldogs defensive legend David Pollack and ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit discussed how Georgia is using two quarterbacks.
SEC Network analyst Jordan Rodgers provided DawgNation with an exclusive breakdown of how Georgia plans to use each quarterback moving forward.