Christmas just came a couple weeks ago. But next month, it may very well come again for fans of the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Justin Fields, who recently confirmed he was transferring to OSU from the University of Georgia, is one of the most talented young quarterbacks in college football. And while transfer players are required to sit out a year before regaining eligibility, he's filed a waiver to the NCAA in hopes of getting the chance to play right away and win the starting QB job in 2019. According to his attorney, Tom Mars, a ruling on the waiver submission is expected in February.
Tom Mars, the attorney for Justin Fields, told me to expect a quick resolution in the quarterback's waiver request. How soon? February. Here are the details of Fields' case for immediate eligibility: https://t.co/pR84c9cjkC— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) January 9, 2019
Fields, whose waiver was filed on the grounds that he was a victim of racist abuse at Georgia, was the No. 1 dual threat quarterback prospect in the 2018 recruiting class, and generally regarded as the very best QB overall not named Trevor Lawrence.
If his waiver is accepted, his competition for the starting job would be Tate Martell.
Justin Fields follows Tate Martell's sister on IG but not Tate Martell pic.twitter.com/90tyhI85tY— 12upSports (@12upSports) January 8, 2019
Mars is notable for being the attorney that also helped Shea Patterson play right away at Michigan after transferring from Ole Miss, though that process was famously protracted. The Columbus faithful will be hoping that Fields gets approved far quicker-- and that he'll be able to lead the Scarlet and Gray to victory over Patterson and the Wolverines this November.