ATHENS — Jake Fromm had the third-best completion percentage in the SEC as a true freshman in 2017, and Justin Fields is still learning the Georgia football team’s routes and receivers. So this shouldn’t be surprising:
Very few of Fromm’s throws during the media viewing period hit the ground. A few of Fields’ did, though not always his fault.
This is based on just a couple drills during practice Tuesday, with quarterbacks throwing intermediate passes to receivers, with no defensive backs. But it’s also tended to be that way this spring, at least when the media is out there: Fromm looks like a returning starter whose forte is accuracy, and Fields looks like a true freshman.
During the viewing period Tuesday, Fields completed most of his passes. But he also overthrew Ahkil Crumpton over the middle — though it must be pointed out that Crumpton is the team’s smallest receiver at 5-foot-9.
Fields did later hit Crumpton near the sideline, leading the receiver nicely. A subsequent pass to the other sideline was dropped.
Fromm, meanwhile, didn’t miss while this reporter was watching. His receivers helped, too. When Fields hit Mecole Hardman in stride over the middle, it led student assistant (and former Georgia receiver) Shakenneth Williams to shout: “Good job Mecole!”
A few more observations from practice:
- There was some mixing and matching with the offensive line, with sophomore Solomon Kindley working some at left guard. Kindley, who started at right guard for most of last season and has been working second team on the right side, was working a drill next to left tackle Andrew Thomas on Tuesday.
- Tae Crowder was working with Juwan Taylor at inside linebacker during an inside drill; Taylor has consistently been first team this spring.
- Two defensive players not to discount as they continue to get a shot to earn more playing time: Defensive back Jarvis Wilson and outside linebacker Keyon Brown. Both players were getting looks in that same inside drill.
- Kevin Butler has returned to practice. The former Georgia kicker and Super Bowl winner, now a student assistant, took a few practices off with a hip problem, but was back out there Tuesday.