GREENSBORO, Ga. — The Georgia football quarterback situation is among the most celebrated in college football.
Former two-time NFL Coach of the Year Bruce Arians did nothing to dispel that sentiment on Monday at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge on Lake Oconee.
“There are no worries at the quarterback position at the University of Georgia for a long time,” said Arians, who quite literally wrote the book on developing quarterbacks, titled ‘The Quarterback Whisperer: How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback.’
“They’ve got two quarterbacks that can flat play.”
Arians was hosting the 6th Annual Georgia Celebrity Golf Classic, an event held to raise money to support and develop programs which strive to prevent and ameliorate the abuse and neglect of children.
Georgia football coach Kirby Smart was in attendance at the event, along with Florida coach Dan Mullen and College Football Hall of Fame coach Frank Beamer.
Smart passed on discussing football, other than confirming the arrival of yet another star player on campus.
But Arians, a Paul “Bear” Bryant disciple who recently retired after a four-year stint as Arizona Cardinals coach, had plenty to say about Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm.
“Man, what an unbelievable leader,” Arians told DawgNation prior to stepping in front of the cameras.
“Jake has an unbelievable amount of moxie about him, to take a team like that, and take charge with all the great athletes they have. The respect factor in that locker room I saw was amazing.”
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Arians, who coached Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, Carson Palmer, and others during his lengthy NFL career, has seen Fromm and freshman Justin Fields up close.
“I was up at spring practice, and they looked fantastic, and they were working hard, a great practice to watch,” Arians said. “The young quarterback is just an unbelievable athlete.”
Fields, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect from Kennesaw, Ga., drew rave reviews throughout the recruiting process and was the No 1-ranked dual-threat quarterback according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Fromm, however, remains the leader on the team from Arians’ observations.
“I’m amazed at Jake, his command of the team, not just on the field,” Arians said. “When I was sitting in the team meeting room, he walked in, and you could tell it was his team.”