We’ve got some news out of Athens, folks.
Fields, ranked as the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the country going into this season, sat behind sophomore Jake Fromm this season. He was used occasionally, mostly on run plays, during this season and wound up, of course, burning his redshirt in the process. He amassed 328 passing yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions, completing 27 of his 39 pass attempts. He also racked up 266 yards on the ground with four rushing touchdowns.
This isn’t too surprising of news when you take a few things under consideration. Firstly, Fields obviously didn’t get his shot this season to take any sort of meaningful snaps (juxtaposed to No. 1 pro-style QB Trevor Lawrence with the Clemson Tigers, as Lawrence supplanted Kelly Bryant, who also made the decision to transfer).
Secondly, Fromm probably wasn’t going to be replaced by Fields anytime soon. And if that wound up being the case, Fields would have sat behind him for two years and only gotten one real shot to get ahead in his junior year (and there isn’t even a guarantee that that would happen, since Fromm could’ve stayed all four years and whatnot). And when you take that into consideration? It makes all the sense that Fields would want to go somewhere and better his situation.
Now, the very intriguing thing here is a detail in USA TODAY’s story. Dan Wolken notes that Fields “is expected to appeal to the NCAA to be eligible this season.” Now, that sort of thing would be interesting to see play itself out. But nevertheless, this will be a fascinating situation. Fields is an uber-talented QB who will have a laundry list of suitors vying for him. We’ll see how everything plays itself out, but this situation definitely seems like it was barreling towards this the whole way.