Bulldogs’ Justin Fields talks after loss to Alabama
Justin Fields will admit frustration in the early stages of the season.
He was a former five-star prospect out of Harrison who many labeled as a “phenom” at quarterback. When he came to Georgia, there were comparisons to Cam Newton, the former Heisman winner and NFL star, but there weren’t many opportunities to show them.
Because there was already a five-star at Georgia who had command of the team: sophomore Jake Fromm.
Fromm has been Georgia’s lead quarterback throughout the season, and Fields opportunities have been limited. It could be for one snap at a time, or potentially to dictate a run-pass option play.
With it not being the role of a usual top-rated prospect, how does Fields feel about transferring?
“The season’s not over,” the freshman said after Georgia’s 35-28 loss to Alabama in the SEC Championship. “We still have more games. I’m focused on this team, that’s it.”
His response mimics that of former Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason, who was posed the same question in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium locker room a season ago. Eason ended up transferring for a similar reason, due to being unseated by Fromm as a sophomore after suffering a knee injury.
Fields’ situation is different in the fact that he possesses a different dynamic with the run game. Eason and Fromm were similar as true pocket passers, but Fields presents a run game that Georgia hasn’t had since D.J. Shockley in 2005.
Fields recorded 260 rushing yards and four touchdowns, along with 368 passing yards and doubled the touchdown total. Fields impressed against UMass with extended playing time with 321 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. He was named SEC Freshman of the Week.
“I can definitely do more,” Fields said. “I can’t wait to show it.”
Until the time comes for Fields, who flipped to Georgia in the 2018 class as a former pledge to Penn State, he’s taking the team-oriented approach. Against Alabama, he entered the game on numerous occasions and had six yards on three rushes.
Fields’ presence has forced coaches to design a unique game plan for defending him, even though he hasn’t been a significant factor in most games.
Currently, Fields and Fromm are the lone scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. John Rhys Plumlee, a four-star out of Mississippi, is committed to Georgia for the 2019 class.
“As the season went on, I accepted the role. I wanted it for the team, no matter if Jake was in or if I was in,” Fields said. “I always want to win the game.”