ATHENS — Georgia football quarterback Jake Fromm doesn’t have many critics, but he has one, and he is relentless.
“It’s what I see from myself in practice, I’m clicking through (film), and I’m watching myself, and I’m like, ‘I just don’t like that,” said Fromm, a projected first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and Heisman Trophy candidate.
“I’m clicking through and watching Drew Brees and I’m watching Tom Brady, and I’m like, ‘Man, they don’t do that, why I am doing that?’
“It’s just trying to be a master of my craft.”
Fromm ranked No. 5 in the nation in pass efficiency last season, second only to Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa among the returning quarterbacks.
But Fromm is not resting on his laurels, and it’s that sort of self-critical eye for detail that makes Fromm the quarterback that he is.
Which is to say, a very fine one.
“Jake’s a good football player, (and) he’s smart and does a lot of good things from a leadership standpoint,” UGA coach Kirby Smart said Friday. “He has tremendous energy in meetings and his enthusiasm rubs off on people, his confidence does.
“Comforting to know you’ve got a guy that has that much experience and that’s a luxury because you don’t always get that in this league.”
That said, it’s Smart that’s set the tone for harsh self-analysis, as he recently said 24-5 wasn’t good enough for Georgia football.
Fromm has been the starter in 28 of those 29 games, so the message has been received.
Fromm has good self-awareness on the areas he needs to improve, namely, his ability to move in the pocket and make plays off the run.
“There are some details in the play-action run game, in the run game, in the pass game,” Fromm said, asked his priorities to improve. “What can I do around the pocket? How can I be quicker twitch, and be able to make throws whether it’s off balance on the run, or in the pocket?’
“How can I move, and how can I get better?”
Fromm’s mobility is indeed the biggest questions NFL scouts have, and more importantly, an area Georgia opponents look to exploit.
“There’s more attention to detail on it.” Fromm said. “It’s how can I be quick in the pocket and have good body position and be strong in the pocket with my feet and with my eyes.”
Fromm will get plenty of work in fall camp against a deep, talented secondary that Smart is high on.
The Bulldogs first scrimmage is tentatively scheduled for next Saturday.
“I’m a lot more comfortable, there is a smoother transition going into things of what to expect, what not to expect, how practice is going to be ran, and the offense,” Fromm said. “There is a lot of things to be comfortable with and a lot of things that I have to push myself to do great and be a leader in.
“There are new things for me, and we are excited for it and ready to practice.”
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— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) August 3, 2019