Georgia football is looking for what comes next after Jake Fromm announced on Wednesday that his career as the Bulldogs’ quarterback has come to an end.
Fromm will bypass his senior season and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Fromm posted his announcement on Twitter and thanked the Georgia fans for his time in Athens.
Go Dawgs and God Bless pic.twitter.com/hz0qxJLumE
— JakefromStateFromm (@FrommJake) January 8, 2020
Georgia will have three scholarship quarterbacks on the team next year: Stetson Bennett, D’Wan Mathis and incoming freshman Carson Beck. None of those three quarterbacks have started a game. Of the three, Beck was the highest-rated as a recruit.
But in this day and age, the transfer portal is a very real option for a quarterback.
In 2019, three of the starting quarterbacks in the College Football Playoff were transfer quarterbacks. A number of high profile names have already put their names in the transfer portal. Given that the Georgia job is open, it figures to be one of the most coveted quarterback opportunities in the country.
Smart has had no issue bringing in graduate transfer players in the past, from safety Maurice Smith to wide receiver Lawrence Cager and tight end Eli Wolf.
Below is a list of quarterbacks who have either already put their names into the transfer portal, or due to circumstances could possibly enter the transfer portal.
Transfer portal quarterbacks
Below are quarterbacks who have entered the transfer portal and would be immediately eligible:
KJ Costello, Stanford
2018 stats: 29 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 65 percent completion percentage, 8.6 yards per attempt
Costello battled multiple injuries during the 2019 season and ultimately ceded the starting quarterback job to Davis Mills while the Cardinal struggled to a 4-8 record. But when healthy in 2018, Costello put up strong numbers.
He led the Cardinal to an 8-5 record and threw for 3,540 yards in 13 games. He did this while also playing with a rushing attack that averaged just 3.65 yards per carry. For comparison, Georgia rushed for 4.94 yards per carry this year and that was often into a loaded box.
Costello is a graduate transfer and would be immediately eligible at his next school. He has already redshirted, meaning he has only one year of eligibility remaining.
Jamie Newman, Wake Forest
2019 stats: 26 passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 60.9 percent completion percentage, 7.9 yards per attempt, 574 rushing yards
Newman had a strong redshirt junior season for the Demon Deacons this past year as Wake Forest went 8-5 with him at the helm. More so than Costello, Newman offers more of a dual-threat ability, as evidenced by his 574 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Like Costello, Newman will have only one season of eligibility.
In a story written by the Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Newman did say that Georgia has reached out to contact him since he has entered the portal. However, other schools like Oregon and Washington also have openings. The Ducks have a former teammate of Newman’s on their staff.
Anthony Brown, Boston College
2018 stats: 20 touchdowns, 9 interceptions, 55.4 percent completion percentage, 7.4 yards per attempt
Brown had his 2019 season cut short due to an ACL injury in his left knee. In 2018, he posted modest numbers, inferior to those of Newman and Costello.
In Feldman’s report, he also mentioned that Brown has heard from Georgia as well as Virginia and Miami. It is worth mentioning that Brown has had two ACL injuries during his career and he did not run much in his time at Boston College. The Eagles went 6-7 this past season. Brown had thrown nine touchdowns to just two interceptions prior to going down with the ACL injury against Louisville.
Jett Duffey, Texas Tech
2019 stats: 18 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 65 percent completion percentage,7.7 yards per attempt, 212 rushing yards
Duffey’s numbers are somewhat depressed given he threw just one pass in Texas Tech’s first three games, but he put up some strong numbers later in the season. He did struggle against better competition — Baylor and Oklahoma — this past season while the Red Raiders went 4-8.
Nick Starkel, Arkansas
2019 stats: 7 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 55 percent completion percentage, 6.4 yards per attempt
Starkel finds himself back in the transfer portal after transferring from Texas A&M following the 2018 season. He struggled this past season at Arkansas as the Razorbacks went 2-10 en route to former Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman replacing Chad Morris as head coach.
Starkel played in eight games this past year. Eight of his 10 interceptions this season came in two games against San Jose State and Alabama. But he does have experience in playing against an SEC schedule, as he started for both Arkansas and Texas A&M.
Feleipe Franks, Florida
2018 stats: 24 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 58 percent completion percentage, 7.6 yards per attempt
This would certainly be something. Franks was the 2018 starter at Florida and led the Gators to a 10-3 record, though he had plenty of critics. Franks did not seem to be all that improved this past season before going down with a season-ending ankle injury against Kentucky in the third game of the season.
When Franks played against Georgia he did struggle. His two games against the Bulldogs saw Franks complete just 20 of his 40 pass attempts for 135 yards and one touchdown pass with two interceptions.
Names to monitor for Georgia football
None of these names have entered the transfer portal yet but could be names to monitor, should they choose to do so.
D’Eriq King, Houston
2018 stats: 36 passing touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 63.5 completion percentage, 8.6 yards per attempt, 674 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns
King would be the most coveted name should he come available. In his last full season at Houston, he put up huge numbers in Kendal Briles’ offense for the Cougars. He combined for 50 touchdowns and over 4,00 total yards for a Houston team that went 8-5.
King ended up redshirting this past season as the Cougars essentially punted on the season after a 1-3 start.
One thing to watch with King if he enters the transfer portal is that teams like Alabama, LSU and Oregon will also be after him, as those schools will be going after a number of other names on this list.
Mac Jones, Alabama
2019 stats: 14 touchdowns, 3 interceptions, 68 percent completion percentage, 10.7 yards per attempt
This might seem a curious inclusion, given Tua Tagovialoa declared for the NFL draft earlier this week. But in addition to bringing back Jones, Alabama also brought in 5-star quarterback Bryce Young, who is already on campus.
Say Jones feels after spring practice that Alabama might be leaning towards starting Young to open the season. Does he then hop into the transfer portal to pursue a starting job elsewhere? Unlike many names on the list above, Jones would have two years of eligibility left as he has already graduated from Alabama.
Other longer shot names: Clemson quarterback Chase Brice, Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano
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