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This is how Georgia should use Jake Fromm, Justin Fields to reach its potential
Like many of you, I’m eager to see Justin Fields take the reins of Georgia’s offense one day.
Like many of you, I thought to myself, “Man, that guy looks oh-so legit,” during our glimpse of the freshman and former 5-star quarterback throughout the Bulldogs’ spring game.
But the future must wait for Georgia to reach its present potential. I think Jake Fromm will take a major jump behind center soon. No doubt, Fields’ time to shine will come, and it would be wise for Kirby Smart to find ways for the young player to make an impact in the months ahead.
However, Fromm should impress with his progression as a passer. He should be more dynamic with his decision-making. He should be more confident after solid play in high-leverage scenarios last year.
The largest winner of all: Everyone who shares a huddle with him.
Look, it seems obvious that Georgia fans should want to see Fromm make huge progress as the Bulldogs try to win a second consecutive SEC title. But I know it’s tempting for some in Dawg Nation to be eager for the opening credits to roll on The Fields Show as fast as possible. That thought crossed my mind when reading the following part of what Georgia must figure out in practices this month, as written by DawgNation’s Chip Towers:
How the quarterback rotation might look between incumbent starter Jake Fromm, who led the Bulldogs’ to 13 victories last season, and talented freshman Justin Fields, the No. 1 dual-threat QB in America coming out of Harrison High School.
Certainly, the Fromm-Fields situation could prove to be a delicate balance for Smart. Fortunately, Georgia’s quarterback outlook hasn’t resembled the offseason circus act we’ve witnessed at Alabama, where Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts’ family members have produced more unwanted buzz than a hive of hungry wasps. Be thankful all that silly static isn’t heard in Athens.
Here’s how the best-case scenario for Georgia at quarterback looks to me in 2018: Fromm shows noticeable improvement after a strong debut season, and Fields gains enough meaningful snaps to place himself in a favorable position as he matures. That way, both players win. That way, the Bulldogs tend to the future while competing in the present.
All that might seem obvious, but it’s worth spelling out as Georgia tries to manage its riches at quarterback. Smart shouldn’t overthink the task before him.
Georgia at No. 4 in ESPN’s preseason power rankings
Real football almost is here, but we have time for more preseason power rankings.
ESPN joined the fun Wednesday by releasing its version of this time-honored pastime. Georgia came in at No. 4, behind Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
Here’s how Alex Scarborough described the Bulldogs in the piece:
The defense must replace Roquan Smith and others, but the Bulldogs’ offense could take a big step forward this season. After a stellar freshman year, Jake Fromm is back at quarterback with a more experienced offensive line and weapons at running back (D’Andre Swift) and receiver (Terry Godwin). Add in QB Justin Fields, the No. 1 recruit from the 2018 class, and the Bulldogs have lots of options to help Kirby Smart in his quest to break the Nick Saban assistant curse.
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