Justin Fields, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback prospect for 2018, has played his last game for the Harrison Hoyas.
Fields, the 5-star UGA commit, did break the right index finger of his throwing hand Thursday night against Dalton.
It occurred on the next-to-last play of the third quarter of an ESPN2 game. Harrison led the game 28-23 at the point and still held on for a 28-26 victory.
He is out for the remainder of the season. That will effectively make him the most athletic QB coach in the state for the remainder of the 2017 season.
The Marietta Daily Journal first reported those details on Friday afternoon. His father Pablo Fields also provided DawgNation with further details.
“Done for the season,” Pablo Fields shared in a text message with DawgNation. “Surgery Monday. Pretty common surgery. Clean break. A full recovery is expected.”
Fields committed to UGA on Oct. 6. He might enroll early as a mid-year signee at UGA or he could return to the high school baseball diamond for his senior season.
“He’ll be good-to-go in six weeks (and) then maybe six weeks of physical therapy,” Pablo Fields added. “It is a pretty common injury. Two pins. Takes about 30 minutes and anesthesia.”
Both options will be available to Fields. He could enroll early at Georgia. Or he could finish out his senior year at Harrison playing baseball in the spring.
Fields and his family will still have to figure that part out.
“We’re still taking everything day-by-day,” his father said.
What Justin Fields meant to Harrison
It is a tough blow for Harrison. According to Georgia High School Football Daily, Fields came into the game accounting for 82 percent of the offensive totals for the Hoyas.
The AJC reported that Fields had 392 yards of total offense at the time of the injury. It appeared to take place when a Dalton defender’s facemask struck his right hand.
Harrison coach Matt Dickmann told the AJC that Fields continued to rally his team after the setback.
“Justin was right there supporting us and yelling for us,” Dickmann said. “It’s just disappointing that if it is broken, his season’s going to end now. I know he’s got a lot of great things ahead of him, but I sure would’ve liked to be able to coach him the rest of the year on the field. But we’ll see what happens. I don’t know, maybe we can have something lucky happen.”
Check out the full clip of that play below:
The injury came in the midst of another splendid performance from Fields. Dalton came after him, but he responded by adding several more clips to his season highlight reel.
Fields — also the nation’s top dual-threat QB prospect — had his number called a lot against a tough region foe.
The AJC’s Chip Saye credited Fields with 207 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. That game story also had him completing 7 of his 11 passes for 185 yards and another touchdown.