College GameDay crew has heated debate over whether Justin Fields should get more playing time
The Georgia Bulldogs will occasionally put true freshman QB Justin Fields on the field, and he’s looked good in his limited action.
Coach Kirby Smart says there’s no particular plan for how much work Fields will get behind starter Jake Fromm each week, but ESPN College GameDay analyst David Pollack (himself a former Bulldog) thinks Fields will continue to get more action.
However, during Saturday’s show, things got a bit contentious when the crew of Pollack, Rece Davis and Kirk Herbstreit discussed the Georgia quarterback situation:
“I think you’ll continue to see more of (Fields) and him in certain packages,” Pollack told Herbstreit. “You saw him last week more. Kirby will tell you, he’s told the media and he’s told everybody that there’s no plan in place, but Justin Fields is too good not to be on the field. I know you don’t like that from a quarterback standpoint, Kirk, but you’ll continue to see him.”
Davis jumped in and said he thinks Fromm struggles with his rhythm when Fields enters the game, sparking a back and forth debate:
“I think they’re playing with fire,” Davis said. “I really do. You see Fromm, once they’ve started doing this with no plan and running (Fields) out there for a play … and you see Fromm hasn’t been quite as sharp as a result.”
“When Fromm has played the whole game, there’s been moments when he hasn’t been sharp either,” Pollack fired back.
“Everybody has moments,” Davis replied. “This dude almost won a national championship.”
“Fromm is an alpha,” Herbstreit said. “You’ve got to be careful when you’ve got an alpha back there.”