ATHENS — Georgia football’s Week 1 depth chart indicated on Saturday what most had assumed, that sophomore quarterback Jake Fromm will start against Austin Peay.
Fromm, who led the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship and College Football Playoff Championship Game appearance, has been competing with incoming freshman Justin Fields.
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Smart might have to get used to having an experienced quarterback under center. The Bulldogs have started a freshman under center for 26 of Smart’s 28 games as head coach.
Fromm was the obvious favorite to win the job this fall having one year under his belt and earning FWAA Freshman All-American honors.
Fields has also impressed. Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said at the start of fall camp ‘you don’t rule anything out’ as far as how the Bulldogs might substitute at the position.
Chaney said Fromm looked considerably better at the start of fall drills than year ago.
“[Jake Fromm] is more confident with the X’s and O’s, there’s no question about that,” Chaney said. “He’s got that year under him, and he had a fantastic year, and he’s playing good football for us, and he’s playing very confident.
“A lot of it is his familiarity, and he played 900-some snaps of football last year. That’s hard to overlook. He’s a good football player.”
Smart has been pleased with both Fromm and Fields throughout most of fall camp.
The Bulldogs’ third-year head coach made it clear there’s a lot to playing the position after the first fall scrimmage.
“Leadership, talking creates toughness, so [it’s key] if you can talk to your offensive line, your backs, your receivers, command of huddle, command of the offense, decision making,” Smart said. “When you are in the red area, are you secure with the ball? We got points, are we going to make sure we get a field goal, or are we going to take a risk and take a chance on losing it?
“Are you securing the ball in the pocket, what’s your turnover to touchdown ratio, all the things involved are going to go into those things,” Smart said. “Both of those guys did a good job with the command of their huddle, and I thought both of them had really good command of the offense.”