Justin Fields played in 12 games during his only season at Georgia in 2018, but he didn’t get the opportunity to show what he could do as the starting quarterback. Now, in his sophomore year, Fields is doing just that for Ohio State, one of the top teams in the country.

During the No. 3 Buckeyes’ 8-0 start, Fields has passed for 1,659 yards, 24 touchdowns and only one interception while also rushing for 319 yards and nine touchdowns.

One person who isn’t surprised? Matt Dickmann, who was Fields’ coach at Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. Even though Jake Fromm was Georgia’s starting quarterback last year — and is again this season — Dickmann believes Fields could have earned the Bulldogs’ starting job if given the chance.

“Who says he never beat out Fromm?” Dickmann said last week, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Steve Hummer. “[Fromm’s] a great quarterback, but I don’t think Justin was ever given the opportunity to do that.

“I think he’s showing everybody now that if he had gotten more opportunities that he would have excelled. Justin has excelled at everything he’s done. I don’t know why he wouldn’t excel at playing quarterback anywhere.”

College football fans will never know what would have happened had Fields had beaten out Fromm last season. It likely would have affected the future for the Bulldogs, Ohio State and the current Georgia quarterback.

After transferring to Ohio State, Fields’ father admitted that his son actually considered transferring back to Georgia. That didn’t come to pass though.