ATHENS — Justin Fields might not be out the door just yet, but it appears he’s heading that way.
Asked if she could confirm reports that her son intends to transfer from Georgia, Fields’ stepmother said she could not. But she also didn’t deny them.
“We’re not at liberty to discuss anything,” Jo Ann Claudrick Fields said via telephone Monday night. “We’re not confirming or denying anything. We have not made any decisions.”
Fields’ stepmother was responding to questions about a USA Today report by Dan Wolken late Monday night citing anonymous sources that the freshman quarterback intends to leave Georgia seeking a transfer. Using the word “we” several times, it appeared the family was together discussing the situation Monday night.
Fields’ mother, Gina Tobey, said she didn’t know anything about it but to call Justin’s father.
“He handles everything involving football,” she said.
But Pablo Fields, his father, did not return calls seeking comment. Neither did Fields himself, Georgia coach Kirby Smart, or Fields’ high school coach.
The fact that Fields’ stepmother said a decision hasn’t been made is a development in itself. Fields told DawgNation after the SEC Championship Game that he was happy at Georgia, loved his teammates and planned to continue to compete with Jake Fromm for the starting quarterback job.
Fields, a 6-3, 230-pound freshman, has been practicing with the Bulldogs since Friday when they resumed preparations for the Sugar Bowl. He was taking snaps alongside Fromm on Monday afternoon, just as he has been all season.