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Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields has proven an effective weapon in the Bulldogs' short-yardage and goal-line package.

SEC Legend Tim Tebow on Georgia: How can Justin Fields help this team?

ATHENS — SEC quarterback legend Tim Tebow clearly believes Justin Fields can help Georgia in its question to repeat as league champs like he once helped Florida his freshman season with the Gators.

Tebow, speaking on the SEC Nation set on the UGA campus on Saturday morning, said the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs need to take advantage of Fields’ talents for the offense to be at its best as it closes the season and takes aim at Alabama.

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“I think what’s important is not how much he plays, but when he plays,” said Tebow, who as a freshman was used primarily in short-yardage situations and the Red Zone when during Florida’s 2006 national championship season.

“Jake Fromm is your quarterback, there’s no arguments anymore, I don’t want to hear anything else,” Tebow said. “But how can Justin Fields help the team? Not in going in and being a quarterback for a series — but in special situations.

“Third-and-short, red zone and goal line, that’s where Justin Fields can help this team. So in those situations, get him that valuable experience early in the game.”

DawgNation suggested the same thing in the “On the Beat” series after the Florida game three weeks ago.

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Tebow provided keen analysis on the Bulldogs’ quarterbacks the day before Georgia knocked off Florida, correctly predicting Fromm would bounce back from a tough performance at LSU.

Georgia, which plays UMass at 4 p.m. on Saturday, has struggled mightily in short-yardage and goal-line situations the past three games, converting just 4-of-16 times they have faced a third- or fourth-and-1 or play from the 1-yard line.

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Fields is 3-for-3 in those short-yardage situations this season.

SEC Nation analyst and former LSU defensive standout Marcus Spears said Georgia should get Fields as much work as possible in all situations against the Minutemen once the game is in hand.

“I’m trying to play him as much as possible in this game because of what we just witnessed in the national championship last year,” Spears said, referencing how Tua Tagovailoa came off the bench at halftime to rally Alabama to a 26-23 overtime win over Georgia.

“I want to get Fields in game-time situations, 2-minute drills, end of half drills, in the red area (and) …. see if we can run our regular offensive package with him being quarterback so he can feel comfortable just in case of some bad happening Jake Fromm has to come out when you are playing for all the marbles.”

Paul Finebaum said on SEC Nation Saturday that Georgia coach Kirby Smart makes it a point to mention both quarterbacks each time he references the position.

He’s very cognizant that he lost a quarterback last year,” Finebaum said, referencing Jacob Eason’s transfer, “and he doesn’t want to lose one in the offseason.”

The Bulldogs final regular-season game is at noon against Georgia Tech before the 4 p.m. Dec. 1 SEC Championship Game against Alabama .

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