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Justin Fields Has Been Granted Immediate Eligibility To Play For Ohio State In 2019

justin fields smiles during a game for georgia

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Justin Fields #1 of the Georgia Bulldogs smiles as he leaves the field after the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders on September 15, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who transferred in from Georgia this past offseason, has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA. That means he'll be able to play during the 2019 season.

Fields announced his decision to transfer from Georgia this past December, and enrolled at Ohio State ahead of the spring semester. He applied for a hardship waiver after a racially-charged incident on the Georgia baseball team led to the dismissal of another student.

Ohio State announced the news on Friday afternoon.

"The transfer waiver application seeking immediate eligibility for student-athlete Justin Fields that The Ohio State University submitted to the NCAA has been approved. Fields will be eligible to compete in the 2019-20 academic year.

"I am happy for Justin and his family," Ohio State head 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, from Kennesaw, Ga. and Harrison High School, is currently a sophomore and enrolled in classes at Ohio State. He will be a sophomore in eligibility this fall for the Buckeyes after playing in 12 games last season for Georgia."

Fields, a former five-star recruit, did not win Georgia's starting job last season, as he sat behind Jake Fromm. He finished the year 27-of-39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

Fields is expected to be the opening day starter.