Per a report from The Athletic’s Brian Hamilton, newly transfer Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields will be eligible to play for the Buckeyes this upcoming season. The former five-star recruit spent one season at the University of Georgia, but will not have to sit out a year before he plays for OSU.
Justin Fields can play immediately for Ohio State. pic.twitter.com/7jzpoMNsQi— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) February 8, 2019
There was never too much doubt that Fields would be granted his waiver, due to an encounter that he had at Georgia with a baseball player using a racial slur, but the official announcement is still a relief for the quarterback, and obviously for the Buckeyes, who almost certainly have their next starting quarterback thanks to the decision.
Fields played sparingly for Georgia as a freshman, completing 27 of his 39 passing attempts for 328 yards and four scores, while adding another 266 yards and four scores on the ground in 12 games played. For more on what Ohio State is getting from their new quarterback, you can check out our in-depth film study from January.
Following the announcement, Fields issued a statement in which he thanked the NCAA, and said that he had no regrets or hard feelings about his time at UGA.