It appears that freshman quarterback Justin Fields’ stay in Athens in will be short lived. According to a report from USA Today’s Dan Wolken, the freshman quarterback intends to transfer from Georgia.
DawgNation’s Chip Towers spoke with Fields’ stepmother Jo Ann Claudrick Fields who said, “We’re not confirming or denying anything. We haven’t made a decision.”
Fields served as the back-up to Jake Fromm this season. The freshman quarterback was the No. 2 player in the country coming out of high school in the 2018 class. Fields is from Kennesaw, Ga., and played at Harrison High School. According to Wolken, Fields intends to apply for a waiver from the NCAA so he would be immediately eligible. If that waiver is not granted, he will have to sit out a season.
In his freshman season, Fields completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts on this season for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed for 266 rushing yards on the season and 4 touchdowns. Fields did not start this season, but he played in 12 of the 13 games. Fields’ last play at Georgia came in the SEC Championship game, when he was the one who executed the fake punt on fourth and 11 on Georgia’s next to last drive.
Fields spoke to reporters after the SEC Championship game, and when asked by DawgNation if he could confirm whether or not he would return to Georgia if he was going to return for his sophomore season, he did not.
If Fields does depart from the team, Fromm will be the team’s only scholarship quarterback. Behind Fromm is walk-on Matthew Downing. Georgia does have a commitment from 2019 quarterback prospect John Rhys Plumlee, but according to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, Plumlee has been asked to take a blue shirt.
With Fromm starting every game this season, Georgia repeated as SEC East champions and went 11-2. Fromm threw for 27 touchdowns compared to just 5 interceptions.
Fromm will return to Georgia next season for his junior year but he could decide to forgo his senior season for the NFL draft. This is the second season in a row that a 5-star quarterback has transferred from Georgia, as Jacob Eason transferred from Georgia after last season. Eason sat out this season at Washington.
Georgia or Fields have not released any publicly said anything on the matter. When Smart spoke with reporters on Monday, he said that no player had talked to him about skipping Georgia’s bowl game. The Bulldogs take on Texas in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. Fields also was at Georgia’s practice on Monday.
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