What would it take for Jake Fromm to surpass Tua Tagovailoa in terms of public perception?
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A deeper look comparing Jake Fromm and Tua Tagovailoa
Just about every unbiased college football fan would consider Tua Tagovailoa to be a better quarterback than Jake Fromm. Tagovailoa put up superior numbers last season to Fromm, and the Alabama quarterback is 2-0 against the Bulldogs. Fromm meanwhile has held leads in the fourth quarter of both Alabama games, which Georgia has lost each time.
But how much better is Tagovailoa than Fromm? Sure Tagovailoa has more impressive statistics, but much of that can be attributed to the fact that Alabama played in an offense that better suited his skillset than Fromm has so far at Georgia. Under Jim Chaney, Georgia was one of the most run-heavy teams in the country, as the Bulldogs passed on fewer than 40 percent of their plays in each of the last two seasons.
Tagovailoa also has what many consider to be a superior wide receiver core. Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley were not bad players by any stretch of the imagination, but just about everyone would say Jerry Jeudy, Jaylen Waddle and Henry Ruggs were better pass catchers last season.
But it looks as if this offseason some of the narratives on the Fromm vs. Tagovailoa debate might be changing. A number of NFL mock drafts have actually pegged Fromm to be a higher picked quarterback. That’s largely due to the presnap work Fromm has done in the Georgia system along with concerns about Tagovailoa’s injury history.
And there were some new remarks made this week about both quarterbacks. Anonymous coaches aired some of their thoughts on both Fromm and Tagovailoa.
And those comments painted Fromm in a much better light than the Alabama quarterback.
“He’s an NFL-style quarterback; cerebral; can run better than people think; very accurate thrower,” an anonymous coach said about Fromm. “If you gave me one quarterback in this league to pick, he’d be the guy. … He makes some bad throws and he has struggled picking up different coverages, but he’s talented.”
The Tagovailoa comments were much different and painted the Alabama quarterback in a much more negative overview.
“I think Tua needs to humble himself,” another anonymous coach said. “I think he did some bad things in the bowl game that cost the team because he put himself ahead of the team. He needs to understand Alabama won national championships by playing great defense and special teams and not beating itself. In the national championship game, the quarterback play was atrocious, and some would say the play-calling, too.”
The Tagovailoa comments might be a bit too far, especially pertaining to the national championship game last season. Tagovailoa wasn’t great in that game, but he also wasn’t the reason Alabama lost. Just about everyone agrees the 2018 Alabama defense was not Nick Saban’s best.
But it is still interesting to see how some in the college game view these two quarterbacks. Coming into college, these two were seen almost as equal.
Both were members of the 2017 recruiting class and Fromm was at one point an Alabama commit. In the 247Sports Composite rankings, Tagovailoa was rated as the No. 32 overall prospect. Fromm was No. 44, the next quarterback in the rankings that year.
When the two have taken the field against each other they’ve also been relatively equal. Fromm actually has superior numbers across the board in the head-to-head matchups, even with Alabama having won both of those games.
Alabama fans will be quick to point out that Tagovailoa was hurt in the second Georgia-Alabama tilt, as he was ultimately unable to finish the game. Georgia fans — if they want to engage Alabama fans in an argument — should point out that staying healthy is a skill and that Georgia was winning when Tagovailoa exited the game.
|Fromm vs. Alabama||41||71||58||533||7.5||4||2|
|Tagovailoa vs. UGA||24||49||49||330||6.7||4||3|
As for what has to happen for Fromm to eventually be seen as a better quarterback, it isn’t an easy answer. Tagovailoa is likely to put up monster numbers again in 2019, and to some will always see him as a superior quarterback just given his style of play.
But if Fromm can line up his big crossbow and slay the proverbial dragon in Alabama in 2019, maybe the argument changes from a “who is better” question to a “which style do you prefer” back-and-forth.
Georgia baseball set to take on Arkansas on Thursday
Thanks to some late-game heroics from shortstop Cam Shepherd, Georgia was able to win its first SEC Tournament baseball game since 2011 on Thursday.
Shepherd hit a walk-off two-run homer to lift Georgia to a 2-0 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies. The Bulldogs offense struggled for most of the game, as they failed to register a hit until the eighth inning. But starter Tim Elliot kept the Aggies in check, as he kept the Aggies scoreless
Then with two outs in the ninth, Sheppard hit his seventh home run of the season and first walk-off home run of his career to set up a matchup with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
“I put a good swing on it, and I thought I got enough of it, and when I saw him get to the wall and time his jump, my head dropped a little bit,” Shepherd said afterward. “Then, I saw he didn’t have it, and it did go out, I got really excited and saw all my teammates come running out of the dugout.”
— Georgia Baseball (@BaseballUGA) May 22, 2019
The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for Georgia in Hoover, Ala., dating back to the 2011 season.
Georgia has likely already secured a top-8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which would mean hosting a regional and possible super regional.
Some might make the argument that Georgia doesn’t need to push itself in the SEC Tournament, given that to win Georgia will have to play at least four games in five days. But the Bulldogs haven’t won an SEC Baseball Tournament since 1954. And if Georgia can beat Arkansas tomorrow — and thus secure a spot in the semifinals — maybe the Bulldogs decide to make an extra push.
The Bulldogs and Razorbacks will take the field at 5:30 p.m. ET on Thursday. Both teams figure to be top seeds when the NCAA Tournament field gets announced on Monday.
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