Ex-Bulldog Justin Fields can play next season at Ohio State

Quarterbacks Justin Fields (right) and Jake Fromm work out during a Georgia practice in 2018.  Fields has transferred to Ohio State.

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Credit: ccompton@ajc.com

Quarterbacks Justin Fields (right) and Jake Fromm work out during a Georgia practice in 2018. Fields has transferred to Ohio State.

Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is eligible to play for Ohio State next season.

The NCAA has granted the former Harrison High standout a waiver that will allow the sophomore to play immediately without sitting out a season as a transfer.

Fields released a statement and also commented on his time at UGA:

“I thank God for His guidance during this time of uncertainty. I would like to thank the NCAA for its approval of the waiver allowing me to be eligible to play football this fall. I also want to thank all those who supported and encouraged my family and me during this process. While my case was pending before the NCAA, my family and I did not feel that it was appropriate to publicly speak about the circumstances leading to my transfer. In my silence, people began to speculate, and the story took on a life of its own.

Now that this matter is concluded, I would like to clarify some facts. I have no regrets about my time at UGA and have no hard feelings for the school or football program. My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan.

To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome. I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner. My dad always tells me that “you can’t get to where you are going by looking in the ‘rear view mirror.’ ” I’m ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life.

I will not be speaking about my transfer again. Instead, I will focus all of my attention on getting to work in the classroom and on the field – and doing whatever else I can to help my teammates as we prepare for the 2019 season.”

Fields backed up Jake Fromm at Georgia in 2018 but will compete for the starting job at Ohio State.

"I am happy for Justin and his family," Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said. "I also want to express my appreciation to the NCAA for its assistance in getting this matter resolved efficiently and with such a positive outcome for Justin."

Fields appeared in 12 of the Bulldogs’ 14 games before transferring to in January.

As a freshman, Fields completed 27 of his 39 pass attempts for 328 yards yards and foour touchdowns. He also ran for four touchdowns.