Kirby Smart shares his 'respect' for Justin Fields, says he wouldn't change decision to bring him to Georgia
It’s been three years since Georgia signed quarterback Justin Fields, and a lot has happened since then.
Fields only got limited playing time while serving as Jake Fromm’s backup for the Bulldogs in 2018, then he transferred to Ohio State, where he went on to have two tremendous seasons. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019, then led the Buckeyes to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game this past season. He’s now likely to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.
Although things didn’t work out for Fields at Georgia, it didn’t change Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart’s view of the talented quarterback. On Wednesday, Smart was asked about how things unfolded with Fields during an interview with Rivals.com’s Mike Farrell.
“I don’t like to get back into it because I respect Justin and the job he did, and I love his family,” Smart told Farrell. “His sister [Jaiden] is here [at Georgia] playing softball. They are a tremendous family.
“It was a tough situation that, given the opportunity to sign Justin, I would do it 10 out of 10 times just because of how talented he is.”
Even though Georgia lost Fields, it’s still had success in recent seasons. The Bulldogs have lost three or fewer games in four consecutive years after going 8-2 in 2020, which ended with a victory over Cincinnati in the Peach Bowl.