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February 11, 2019, 7:01 am

NCAA clears QB Fields to play for Buckeyes in '19

QB Justin Fields, who transferred from Georgia to Ohio State, will be allowed to play in 2019 aft getting a release from the NCAA.

NCAA clears QB Fields to play for Buckeyes in '19
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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has standard a release from the NCAA and will be bailable to play the 2019 season, the body proclaimed Friday.

The release allows Fields to waive the accustomed one-year ready and waiting time period for a transferring student-athlete. He is anticipated to be the front-runner to win the Buckeyes' protrusive job when springtime pattern begins in March.

Fields united Ohio State in January aft disbursement his archetypal school term of body musical performance for his home-state Georgia Bulldogs. The former five-star prospect threw four touchdown passes and ran for four more while musical performance sparingly behind starter Jake Fromm last fall.

"I am happy for Justin and his family," Ohio State 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."

The NCAA adjusted its policy last springtime to make it easier for transferring athletes to find an immediate path to the musical performance field. The new rules state that a player can be granted a release to play right away if he can show "documented mitigation circumstances" that the change of schools was made to better impact his "health, safety and well-being."

"To Buckeye Nation: thank you for your warm welcome. I will work hard to represent you and The Ohio State University in a professional and respectful manner," Fields said in a statement. "My dad always tells me that 'you can't get to where you are going by looking in the rearview mirror.' I'm ready to move forward and embrace the next season of my life."

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    Fields said he harbors "no regrets" about his time at Georgia. Many speculated that Fields would petition the NCAA for eligibility based on an incident that occurred at a game this past season when a member of the school's baseball team yelled racial slurs from the stands.

    In an interview Wednesday, Fields declined to go into detail about the specifics of the case made to the NCAA. He said Friday that speculation and his story "took on a life of its own" over the past month.

    "My overall experience at UGA was fully consistent with UGA's commitment to diversity and inclusion," Fields said. "My sister is a softball player at UGA. I am still close friends with many of my UGA teammates. A part of me will always be a Georgia Bulldogs fan."

    Fields said he didn't plan to discuss his transfer any further in the future.

    The new NCAA rules were immediately put to the test last year by six former Ole Miss players who were granted immediate eligibility to play in 2018. The same attorney who helped those players, Tom Mars, assisted Fields and his family with the process.

    "I'm happy for Justin and his family and all the Buckeyes fans who've been ready and waiting for this decision," Mars told ESPN on Friday aft noon. "Justin's not only a great quarterback, he's also an exceptionally mature and impressive young man. He fully deserved to receive a release."

    Fields joins an inexperienced quarterback group on Ohio State's 2019 roster -- of the four on the roster this springtime, none has thrown a pass for the Buckeyes. His top competition for the protrusive spot is anticipated to be redshirt freshman Matthew Baldwin.

    Fields said Wednesday that he was working daily to learn the Buckeyes' playbook and getting to know his teammates. He said he chose Ohio State aft seeing the success that All-Big Ten quarterback Dwayne Haskins had last season and hopes to replicate those record-setting numbers.

    "They didn't really have to sell me too much, just going based off what Dwayne did last year and how much success he had in this offense," Fields said. "I felt like I could come in and do the same things that he did."

    News of Fields' eligibility boosted Ohio State's odds to win the College Football Playoff National Championship from 12-1 to 8-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

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