ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm has a more difficult job this season than last season.
Even if he is considerably more experienced than the 2017 season, when he led his team to an SEC championship.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs are putting more responsibility on Fromm to make the right checks and play calls. Coach Kirby Smart says there are often two plays called in the huddle, and the coaches rely on Fromm to choose the right one.
Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said at the start of fall camp that Fromm is “more confident with the Xs and Os.” Also, Chaney said, Fromm played 900-some snaps of football last year. That’s hard to overlook.”
That experience showed in the third quarter on Saturday.
Fromm shook off a first half interception and was 6-of-6 passing for 115 yards in the third quarter of the 41-17 blowout win over South Carolina.
“Coach Chaney puts in the play call, and it’s my job to figure out what’s the best look, and who is getting the ball on this play,” Fromm said after running his record as a starter to 14-2 with the win at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“Honestly, we’ve got so many guys right now, that when they have the ball in their hands, they can make something happen. It’s kind of tough on me sometimes.”
Receiver Mecole Hardman was the big playmaker for Georgia on Saturday with six catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, along with a lateral he took for a 30-yard gain.
“[Hardman] is a great player,” said Fromm, who was 15-of-18 passing for 194 yards with a TD and interception at South Carolina. “He’s a guy that when he comes off on the sideline, he’s always begging for the ball. I have to find ways in my head to get him the ball.
“We have a lot of receivers and a lot of tailbacks, those guys are really good football players, and as long as I find a way to put the ball in their hands, they’ll take care of the rest.”
Fromm said he heard the hype around the game. But Georgia simply wanted to come out and play like it knew it was capable of performing.
“People obviously were saying we lost a lot [of players off last year’s team], kind of doubting us a little bit,” Fromm said. “We wanted to come out and say Georgia is for real this year, and we’re gonna be here for a while.”
Bulldogs senior defensive end Jonathan Ledbetter made it clear the locker room is behind Fromm as Georgia looks to repeat as SEC champions.
“The boy is a playmaker, he’s a really great student of the game, he knows defenses left and right, just like he knows the offense, he knows what to call, he knows what to check to,” Ledbetter said. “It’s hard to beat a player who knows everything going on around the whole game. He handles situations so well, you would never think the guy is a guru out there.
“I’m just glad to have him on our team, and glad to have him on our offense as the leader.”
Georgia football QB Jake Fromm