Justin Fields

Georgia football coach Kirby Smart kept the competition open, but Justin Fields was unable to overcome returning starter Jake Fromm  ATHENS — Justin Fieldsappears headed out of Georgia and on to Ohio State after weeks of talking with the Buckeyes about transferring.

 Five-star recruit, Fields played sparingly for the Bulldogs this season behind sophomore starter Jake Fromm. He appeared in 12 games, completing 25 of 37 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. 

Fields would typically have to sit out a year after transferring, but he may seek a transin order to play in 2019, just as Shea Patterson and other former Ole Miss players successfully did last offeseason as the Rebels served out their bowl ban for numerous NCAA violations. Fields was the subject of a racist comment from Georgia baseball player Adam Sasser during Georgia's victory over Tennessee in Athens on Sept. 29, and,  as SI's andy Staples pointed out when the news of his intention  to transfer leaked Fields could make  e case if he wants that Sasse's words are grounds for transfer without an eligibility penalty. The highly-touted recruit could cite the NCAA's "mitigating circumstances" clause regarding transfers' eligibility, a rule that allows transfers to play immediately if they leave their school for circumstances that "directly impact the health, safety and well-being of the student-athlete." 

One could assume Haskins has informed Fields of his pending NFL Draft decision, correct? A projected first-round selection, Haskins set numerous single-season passing records this fall and led college football in passing touchdowns and yards. Haskins finished third in final Heisman voting behind Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa. Martell or Fields should be able to continue rapid production in Ohio State's passing attack.

Martell has not minced words since the season ended on what he thinks about the possibility of Fields joining the Buckeyes. Martell will be a third-year sophomore in 2019 and says he's expecting to win the job no matter who joins him in competition. He believes he'll have an edge over Fields with two years in Ryan Day's offensive system.

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