ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm suffered a broken hand in a freak boating accident but “won’t miss a beat” as far as his football career goes, DawgNation.com has confirmed.
Fromm suffered a “small fracture” of his left, non-throwing hand when he was sitting in the back of a boat while someone else wake-boarded on Lake Burton Tuesday, according to persons with direct knowledge of the incident. When the water skier fell and let go of the rope, the handle flew back in the boat and hit Fromm on the left hand.
Fromm is expected to be in splint for a few weeks and not only won’t miss any games as a result but also won’t miss any practice time. He is expected to participate in the Bulldogs’ 7-on-7 drills Thursday.
Fromm, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore, started 14 of the Bulldogs 15 games last season and earned Freshman All-America honors as Georgia won the SEC Championship and advanced to the national championship game of the College Football Playoff. He finished the season ranked ninth in the nation in passing efficiency as he threw for 2,615 yards with 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Fromm remained the Bulldogs’ No. 1 quarterback coming out of spring practice but is expected to be challenged for playing time by freshman Justin Fields this season. Fields was rated the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country when he signed with Georgia out of Harrison High School and entered the program as an early enrollee in January.
Summer leisure-time accidents aren’t unusual at Georgia or anywhere else in college football. Two years ago star tailback Sony Michel suffered a broken arm in an ATV accident about this time of year.