ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm wasn’t perfect, but the junior was close in the Bulldogs 63-17 win over Murray State.
Fromm was 10-of-11 passing for 166 yards and a TD, exiting the game in the second quarter with Georgia leading 35-7, coach Kirby Smart having seen enough from his team captain.
“Pre-snap reads … he has been doing that since his freshman year, he did it in the (College Football) playoff his freshman year,” said ESPN commentator Anthony Becht, a former NFL tight end. “This kid is on top of it.”
Fromm threw some beautiful passes, including a well-placed deep ball that freshman receiver George Pickens reeled in for a 43-yard catch in the second quarter. Fromm finished that drive with a 15-yard TD strike to Pickens in the corner of the end zone.
OH MY, GEORGE PICKENS 😱 pic.twitter.com/N4qo9X4HB4
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) September 7, 2019
Becht said he spoke with Fromm before the game about what he needed to work on.
“He said I need to understand my offense better,” Fromm said. “Third downs, getting (his) arm strength better.”
Kirby Smart would like to see Fromm’s pass protection get better. Fromm took a sack on Saturday when offensive guard Solomon Kindley got beat by a twisting middle linebacker.
Vanderbilt recorded four QB Hurries last Saturday, getting shots in on Fromm, and prompting Smart to demand the protection improve this week.
The Bulldogs started a new offensive line combination against Murray State with Jamaree Salyer replacing the injured Isaiah Wilson at right tackle.