Kirby Smart pleased with debut of QB Justin Fields but noted he saw 'nerves' from the freshman
The result against Austin Peay was never really in doubt, but Georgia sure wanted to look good while beating the FCS opponent. Of course, the Bulldogs also wanted to use the game as a way to develop their younger players and prepare them for the SEC slate.
In terms of developing freshman quarterback Justin Fields, Georgia coach Kirby Smart says it was a very productive game.
On the SEC Coaches’ Teleconference Wednesday morning, Smart explained that Fields “had some nerves” early in the game, but it was natural and that all of the Georgia freshmen did.
- Justin got an opportunity to play early in the game… I thought he picked things up well. Early in the game, he had some nerves, I think all our freshmen did. He continues to work hard in practice to grow in our offense and is doing a good job.
After getting over initial butterflies, Fields settled in to complete 7 of 8 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 33 yards on three carries.
During the teleconference, Smart also praised Fields for his work in practice and is pleased with his understanding of the offense at this point.
It will be interesting to see if Fields sees any playing time this week. Georgia will visit No. 24 South Carolina, so the more experience Jake Fromm is expected to see more action behind center this Saturday.