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Kirby Smart Addresses Justin Fields Situation Ahead Of Sugar Bowl

A closeup of Kirby Smart in Georgia Bulldogs apparel.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs walks the field prior to facing the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 11, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It is no real secret: Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields is looking to transfer, after spending a year behind Jake Fromm without a significant role in the offense.

Fields was a five-star recruit and the No. 2 player in the class of 2018, behind only Clemson's Trevor Lawrence.

Now, he's looking to head elsewhere.

Ohio State has been discussed as a favorite, with Florida State and Oklahoma also coming up.

Fields may also look into getting a waiver to play right away. It wouldn't seem like he has a great argument, but it sounds like he may argue a hostile school environment after an incident involving a former UGA baseball player using a racial slur towards him from the stands during a game earlier this year.

Whatever happens in a few weeks, Justin Fields is fully preparing for Georgia's Sugar Bowl game against Texas.

He is a full-go at practice, and head coach Kirby Smart made sure to compliment his young quarterback's effort this week.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I am pleased with his work towards Texas,” Smart said. “When he’s out there with us he has a really good demeanor, he’s getting good reps.”

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“We’re trying to figure out how to beat Texas, we’re going to do everything we can to beat Texas and whatever that instills for a game plan,” Smart said. “He decided he wanted to play in the Sugar Bowl and I told him absolutely, we’d love you to play the Sugar Bowl and want you there. He’s come out to work and do that and support his teammates.”

Indications remain that Fields will leave after the game, though the transfer portal still allows him to remain in Athens if he so chooses.

If he does officially become a transfer, however, there will be few bigger names on the market in college football.

[Atlanta Journal-Constitution]