He saw time as a true freshman for the Bulldogs this season but only as a backup to Jake Fromm, who will be back next year as a junior.
Complicating things could be Fields’ ability to get a waiver to play next season.
The NCAA has recently been more lenient in granting those, and multiple outlets have reported Fields’ could apply for one based on a highly publicized incident in which a Georgia baseball player referred to Fields with an ethnic slur during a game in the fall.
Ohio State will have an opening for a starting quarterback if Big Ten MVP and offensive player of the year Dwayne Haskins opts to enter the 2019 NFL draft.
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The cupboard is not bare, but the Buckeyes also are not deep at the position if Haskins leaves.
Four-star prospect Tate Martell backed up Haskins as a redshirt freshman last season while true freshman Matthew Baldwin — also a four-star prospect — worked his way back from a knee injury that ended his high school career.
Ohio State also has West Virginia transfer Chris Chugunov on the roster and is expected to sign Dwan Mathis, a 2019 four-star prospect from Belleville, Mich., on Wednesday.