Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm named college football’s most irreplaceable player for 2019 season
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has been asked to do a lot for the Bulldogs in each of his first two seasons. And heading into his third season, he’ll once again be tasked with leading the Georgia offense.
But this year, Fromm won’t have a former 5-star quarterback backing him up. Jacob Eason and Justin Fields have both transferred and figure to be the starters at Washington and Ohio State, respectively. Now backing Fromm up will be freshman D’Wan Mathis and JUCO transfer Stetson Bennett. Even the biggest optimists would say there’s a significant talent gap between Fromm and whoever ends up being the back-up.
Fromm — for the first time in his Georgia career — is going to be the unquestioned leader of the Bulldogs.
And because Fromm will now be so much more crucial to Georgia’s success, he is perhaps the most irreplaceable player in all of college football for this coming season.
Brad Crawford of 247Sports compiled the most irreplaceable players for the 2019 season. A number of big-time names like Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence made the list.
But it was the Georgia quarterback who Crawford named as the most irreplaceable player for the 2019 campaign.
“Georgia’s success from a national championship contender standpoint falls on No. 11’s shoulders this season, a player who could potentially be the top selection in next year’s draft who hasn’t lost a home start in two seasons,” Crawford wrote. “A quarterback with razor-sharp focus and deadly accuracy as a pro-style passer, Fromm is the kind of player you want in your foxhole when the enemy is closing in.”
As a sophomore, Fromm completed 67 percent of his passes while tossing 30 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions. Fromm was far from flawless last season — he struggled particularly in the LSU game — but he has yet to lose to an SEC East opponent and played Alabama about as well as any quarterback can.
Earlier this week, Kirby Smart spoke about Fromm helping expand the offense, which will be under new leadership as James Coley takes over for the departed Jim Chaney.
“I think we’ve got some more quarterback guys around (Fromm) with Coley working with him and he’s excited about that,” Smart said. “For him, it’s been a transition through the coordinator position where he’s kind of a sponge, he’s got more of an opinion now. He understands what we’re trying to do offensively.”
Under Chaney, Georgia was one of the most run-heavy teams in the country, as the Bulldogs ran the ball on more than 60 percent of their plays in each of the last two seasons. There won’t be a drastic change given Georgia’s strength on offense will once again still be the rushing attack. But Georgia as a team does expect to throw the ball more in this coming season.
And that’s with the Bulldogs having to replace three of their top four wide receivers as well as Isaac Nauta at tight end. If the Georgia offense is going to make a slight improvement this season, it will likely be due to Fromm continuing growth.
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