If Martell is going to be the starting quarterback at Ohio State, he's going to have to earn it.
Fields played in 12 of 14 games in his freshman season and completed 27 of 39 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions.
Fields, who was the target of racial slurs by a Georgia baseball player during a game this fall, is expected to be granted his full release by the university and petition the NCAA for immediate eligibility at Ohio State.
The transfer comes after Fields failed to unseat sophomore Jake Fromm as Georgia's starting quarterback.
Fields' most notable play of the season came in the SEC championship game loss to No. 1 Alabama, when he was used on a failed fake punt in the fourth quarter that set up the Crimson Tide's go-ahead touchdown.
Dwayne Haskins and Fields share the same quarterback coach, so it makes sense Haskins likely informed Fields of his decision to enter the National Football League - though Haskins has not made an announcement either way.
Fields confirmed the news later on Friday evening. But are some people discounting Martell's ability and his advanced knowledge of what coach Ryan Day wants to do with the offense?
There's no timetable for a ruling on Fields' eligibility. Georgia signed JUCO quarterback Stetson Bennett, who was a member of the 2017 Georgia team, and Dwan Mathis, a 4-star quarterback in the 2019 signing class, and both will enroll in January.
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