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Jake Fromm is one of the most efficient passers in college football when under pressure.

Jake Fromm among best quarterbacks in college football under pressure

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Jake Fromm is ruthless under pressure

Jake Fromm didn’t put up gaudy numbers in his first season at Georgia. Kirby Smart and Jim Chaney never put too much pressure on the freshman quarterback. He passed more than 30 times in a game once, the National Championship Game, and passed fewer than 20 times in eight of 15 games. His 2,615 yards and 24-7 TD-INT ratio was beyond solid for a freshman, but nothing eye-popping.

Instead, Fromm made a name for himself as a game manager, serving as a consistent, steady presence who had the ability to get the Bulldogs out of tight spots. He finished his freshman year second in the SEC in passer rating, completion percentage and yards per completion. And he’ll enter his sophomore season as one of the most efficient passers in high-pressure situations in college football.

Fromm has the second-highest passer rating under pressure of all returning FBS quarterbacks at 99.6, according to Pro Football Focus. Fromm trails only Oregon QB Justin Herbert, who had a 100.1 passer rating when under pressure.

 

Last season, the proven talent on offense was at tailback and the unproven talent was behind center. Reverse that heading into 2018, as Fromm stands as the most proven player on offense surrounded by a talented-but-inexperienced backfield. Those circumstances could lead to Chaney taking the training wheels off Fromm and letting him grow from a “game manager” to a “game winner.”

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Minor threat

In his answer to a question about which SEC East rival has the best chance to dethrone Georgia this season (Spoiler alert: It’s South Carolina), Seth Emerson of DawgNation noted two games that are being somewhat overlooked by fans at this point in the offseason. Road contests at South Carolina and Missouri in the first month of  the season will be key to Georgia’s SEC hopes this year.

Then there’s South Carolina and Missouri, two other road games for Georgia. Both are coming off surprisingly solid years, and both return their starting quarterbacks: Jake Bentley (South Carolina) and Drew Lock (Missouri). South Carolina also gets back Deebo Samuel, who was a dynamic player before his injury last year. Athlon, in its early preview of the SEC East, ranked South Carolina third and Missouri fourth. They slotted behind Georgia and then Florida, but many people would put at least the Gamecocks higher.

And Georgia has to visit South Carolina and Missouri in the first month of the season. That will be a tough task for a Bulldogs team that will be working in so many new players on defense – particularly in the secondary, where Bentley and Lock could loom large.

Sentell’s Intel

Georgia just signed one of the best signing classes in the history of recruiting, and, believe it or not, the class next year could be just as good. Jeff Sentell of DawgNation took a look at what Smart would need to do to improve upon the 2018 class, and while he conceded matching the seven 5-star prospects landed this go-round is far-fetched, raising the floor of the class isn’t.

Georgia can better its 2018 class by filling the mid-section of the 2019 Signing Day roster with more elite players than it signed in 2018. UGA signed 18 of the nation’s top 250 players across the last cycle, but 15 of those players actually rated among the nation’s top 150.

The other 11 members of the signing class were all rated outside the nation’s top 250, including six players who rated outside the nation’s top 300 prospects.

A fertile crop of in-state talent can boost those chances for 2019. Georgia is heavier than normal in terms of elite talent for that cycle.

MoMass shares his inspiring story

Do yourself a favor. Watch this video and read this story from former UGA receiver Mohamed Massaquoi at The Players Tribune about losing his hand in an ATV accident and his subsequent recovery. It’s an amazing story, and Massaquoi is a DGD.

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Correction: Former Georgia receiver Mohamed Massaquoi’s last name was misspelled in the original post. DawgNation regrets the error.