Justin Fields came into Athens with high expectations, and he delivered in his first opportunity during G-Day. He also sent a little bit of love back to the fans on Sunday.
Fields tweeted this message out to the Georgia faithful who showed up to watch the Bulldogs on Saturday:
— Justin Fields (@justnfields) April 22, 2018
It’s a nice gesture from Fields, who gave the fans something to cheer for on Saturday. He faces an uphill battle to compete with Jake Fromm for the starting quarterback job, but Fields looked polished and prepared in his first “game” action.
Fields finished the day 18-of-33 for 207 yards passing and one score, also showing some of his mobility outside the pocket. His squad defeated Fromm’s team 21-13.
“Justin did great,” linebacker Monty Rice told DawgNation’s Chip Towers. “It was his first time probably in front of that many people. He does that in practice every day. He’s a competitor. He’s fast, big, strong. If you don’t have a balanced rush, like Coach Smart talks about, Justin will take off and go 70.”
Fields wasn’t available to reporters after the game, and likely won’t be at all during the 2018 season. Kirby Smart’s policy is for true freshmen to not speak to the media, and that extends to the quarterback position.
Georgia brought in an astonishing 82,184 fans to its spring game, which easily topped the SEC. Only Nebraska — whose fans are on cloud nine with new coach Scott Frost leading the way — had more spring game fans in the country than Georgia.