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UGA offensive coordinator reflects on coaching both Drew Brees and Jake Fromm
Whether it’s real or make-believe, the quarterback “competition” between incumbent starter Jake Fromm and freshman sensation Justin Fields projects to be the No. 1 storyline for Georgia fans until the Bulldogs kick off the season against Austin Peay on Sept. 1. It just seems to be a fun topic to speculate about.
Fromm, who led Georgia to an appearance in the national championship game last season as a freshman, got some major love from Bulldogs offensive coordinator Jim Chaney over the weekend. Chaney was asked about comparing Fromm to Drew Brees, the NFL superstar who played under Chaney when he was the offensive coordinator at Purdue.
Chaney tried to deflect the question at first, saying he “hates the stuff” of quarterback comparisons. But then he threw the media a bone: “What are the commonalities, let’s just talk about that,” Chaney said, per DawgNation’s Mike Griffith. “They both have great, high, FBI — Football Intellect — they get it, they understand. They both affect other players in a very positive way, that’s two commonalities.”
After pointing out “(Fromm and Brees) both have proven they can win football games as well,” Chaney quickly and politely shut down the line of conversation by saying, “after that, the differences, I don’t want to touch on.”
Ironically, when Fromm was coming out of high school, he was also compared to Brees by former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer. “Guys who are just natural passers.”
Back to Chaney: His hefty praise of Fromm should quiet down some UGA fans who are overly eager to get a glimpse of Fields on the playing field, as Fields is the “next great thing.” But probably not.
Kirby Smart’s speech inspires NASCAR driver to first win
Kirby Smart’s speech at SEC Media Days inspired a NASCAR driver to his first career Cup Series victory on Sunday.
Chase Elliott, the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, won the Monster Energy NASCAR race at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International.
Before the race, Elliott watched video of Smart from last month’s SEC Media Days when the Georgia coach talked about the surreal expectations placed upon the Bulldogs for this season. Said Smart: “The pressure is really a privilege … Those are things we embrace at the University of Georgia. We can’t run from those things.”
Back to Elliott: He’s a lifelong UGA fan and native of Dawsonville, Ga.
In his post-race TV interview at Watkins Glen, Elliott said, “It’s funny, this morning, I woke up and watched the video. Kirby Smart had a speech about pressure is a privilege. I had that on repeat this morning on the bus, just thinking about it. I thought we had a chance today and I wanted to make sure that if we were in a position to capitalize, we did.”
Last February, UGA sent a No. 9 Bulldogs jersey to Elliott before he drove the No. 9 car in the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Information overload on DawgNation
With Georgia’s football practices finally under way, there’s so much information coming out about the team that it’s hard to keep up with it all. The best place to catch up with the last few days is to go to the home page of DawgNation, and scroll down through the stories. The next best thing is the Forum on DawgNation, which you can bookmark here.
Particulary interesting was this live thread from Saturday’s UGA Fan Day open practice by DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell. He noted that it was flashy receiver Mecole Hardman who tooks snaps “as the third QB in a run polish drill” behind the team’s only two quarterbacks on scholarship, Fromm and Fields. Sentell added, “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here but that seems like the smart thing to do given his experience as a deadly running QB in high school and his ‘Wild Dawg’ touches on Saturdays.’”
Sentell was also impressed with incoming freshman running back James Cook, who has been overshadow by classmate Zamir White. “(Cook) will break off some explosive plays in the passing game. It is basically not fair for any LB to try to keep up with his speed, acceleration and overall ability.”
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DawgNation’s Chip Towers also posted his observations from Saturday, and the most encouraging item for Georgia fans might be that Natrez Patrick was practicing with the No. 1 defense. Patrick served a two-game suspension at the end of last season due to off-the-field issues. As Towers noted, UGA coach Kirby Smart has said Patrick is “with the team,” but has declined to say when he’ll be available to play. But obviously it seems like it will be sooner than later if Patrick is getting first-team reps.
Former UGA stars show up to support ‘Dawgs for Kids’
Several former UGA football stars appeared at the 13th annual “Dawgs for Kids” fundraiser in Atlanta on Saturday night. The hosts were the Stinchcomb brothers, Matt and Jon (who both played offensive line for the Bulldogs), along with former quarterback David Greene. The special guests included Aaron Murray, Mohamed Massaquoi, and Terrence Edwards. Former UGA All-America offensive lineman Ray Donaldson, who was a six-time NFL Pro Bowler, also flew in from Indianapolis for the charity event which benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Transplant Foundation. DawgNation’s Brandon Adams attended the event and did several interviews which he’ll be sharing throughout the week on DawgNation Daily, which is streamed every weekday at 10 a.m. on DawgNation’s Facebook page. You can also listen to the podcast.
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