With the departure of Dwayne Haskins and the transfer of Tate Martell, newly-minted Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields is one of the leading candidates for the starting job next season. The former five-star recruit has come a long way since his brief stint at Georgia, but now is poised for a starting role with one of the NCAA’s top programs.
However, some people were still caught a little off guard by Fields’ decision to leave Georgia and transfer to what was at the time not much more of a sure thing than his previous school.
He revealed this week that the decision was largely “a business decision” based on Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day’s experience in developing NFL-caliber quarterbacks.
Justin Fields wasn’t shy about offering a reason why he chose Ohio State. “It was more of a business decision. Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL. He knows what it takes to get quarterbacks to the NFL. …I was just worried about the best place to develop me for the next level.”
Justin Fields wasn't shy about offering a reason why he chose Ohio State. “It was more of a business decision. Coach Day, he’s been in the NFL. He knows what it takes to get quarterbacks to the NFL. …I was just worried about the best place to develop me for the next level."
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) February 7, 2019
Fields certainly has good reason to put his faith in Day.
The new Ohio State head coach has worked as a quarterbacks coach for Chip Kelly in the NFL, and in a wide variety of offensive roles across college football.
Georgia hasn’t had much trouble developing quarterbacks recently though, with Jake Fromm emerging as one of the best in the SEC.
Even in his limited reps with the Bulldogs last year, Fields demonstrated remarkable efficiency.
He finished his freshman year going 27 of 39 for 328 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, he added another 266 yards on 6.3 yards per carry and four touchdowns.