Three weeks into the 2019 season and Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields is already a Heisman trophy candidate After four games (admittedly against inferior competition), Fields is averaging nearly 70% of his passes, having tossed 13 touchdowns against zero interceptions, adding six scores on the ground. His performance has helped the Buckeyes dominate teams like Florida Atlantic, Cincinnati, Indiana, and Miami (Oh), scoring 45, 42, 51, and 76 respectively.
Interestingly, Fields wasn’t even with the Buckeyes last year. A series of events and transfers occurred that led Fields from Georgia to Ohio State. Here’s a timeline:
Dec. 17, 2018: According to the Toledo Blade, five-star quarterback Justin Fields started looking to transfer out of Georgia with Ohio State being in first position. Georgia struggled to find a fit for Fields, who backed up starter Jake Fromm.
Dec. 19, 2018: Quarterback Dwan Mathis, a four-star recruit who committed to Ohio State, decommitted and choose Georgia instead. He’s currently backing up Fromm.
Jan. 4, 2019: Fields, who spent his freshman year at Georgia, announced he was transferring to Ohio State.
Jeremiah 29:11… pic.twitter.com/7Z3j90Q305— Justin Fields (@justnfields) January 5, 2019
Jan. 7, 2019: Dwayne Haskins declared for the NFL draft, forgoing his final two seasons of eligibility. Hawkins was eventually selected No. 15 overall by the Washington Redskins.
Jan. 10, 2019: Quarterback Tate Martell entered the NCAA transfer portal — a service provided by the NCAA that allows players interested in transferring from their current school. Martell, a former five-star recruit, was a true freshman in 2017.
Jan. 16, 2019: Tate announced he was transferring to the University of Miami.
Feb. 8, 2019: Fields receives waiver for immediate eligibility from the NCAA. Transfers typically require players to sit a year, unless they receive a waiver. The Toledo Blade reported that Georgia objected to the waiver, filing a “written response Jan. 24 with the NCAA, objecting to Fields and Ohio State’s waiver request before acquiescing, paving the way for a cordial resolution.”
April 18, 2019: Quarterback Matthew Baldwin entered the NCAA transfer portal. According to Lettermen Row, Baldwin, who was competing with Fields for the starting quarterback position, had a “desire to be closer to home rather than a concern about future playing time or any issues with the coaching staff.” Baldwin, a native of Austin, Texas, transferred to TCU, where he was granted eligibility in September.
April 26, 2019: Three-star quarterback JP Andrade commits to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on (preferred walk-on means that a player is assured a spot on the team, despite not being offered or given a scholarship).
April 27, 2019: Gunnar Hoak transferred from Kentucky to Ohio State. Hoak, born at OSU hospital, is son to former walk-on Frank Hoak. Gunnar Hoak was a former three-star recruit from Dublin Coffman High School , 14 miles outside of Ohio State’s main campus.
May 20, 2019: Former Texas A&M quarterback Jagger LaRoe announced that he is transferring to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.
Aug. 19, 2019: Head coach Ryan Day announced Fields as the team’s starting quarterback against Florida Atlantic.