ATHENS — Georgia coach Kirby Smart and Bulldogs’ players are always talking about Jake Fromm’s leadership, but Fromm’s actions last summer spoke volumes.
Eli Wolf, a graduate transfer from Tennessee last season, shared how Fromm and fellow senior Charlie Woerner took him in after he moved from Knoxville to Athens last summer.
“I was a little unsure at first if there would be any bad blood, but there was none at all,” Wolf said, recounting his introduction to his teammates during voluntary summer workouts. “When I actually got there, didn’t know a single person on the team, really.
“I wasn’t in the motel for more than week before Jake and Charlie and Eli Gipson said ‘Hey, come stay with us until you find a place, we’ve got an extra room, crash with us,” Wolf said. “And that’s what I did in the summer and then ended up moving in with John Fitzpatrick and Owen Condon and Payne Walker.
“Jake and Charlie were teaching me the playbook over the summer, helping out and spending extra time with me doing all they could to make the acclimation process smoother.”
Wolf said he also roomed with Woerner on game weekends, making a friend for life.
“Charlie’s unbelievably mature and unselfish,” Wolf said, reflecting on how the fellow senior took him in, even though it presented competition. “He was looking at the team being bigger than himself — he knew I was there to help the team win games.
“It’s a testament to who he is and everyone who has met Charlie knows he’s a great guy and he’d do anything for you.”
And then there’s Fromm, who has been the face of the program the past three seasons.
Wolf provided some insight into what made Fromm such a successful quarterback at Georgia, beyond the caring nature he showed by offering Wolf shelter.
“Jake is a natural leader, and one you don’t see every day,” Wolf said. “His presence when he walks around, the way he carries himself, his knowledge of the game of football — everything about him just screams captain and CEO.
“Coaches can say everything they want to, but sometimes it doesn’t resonate until one of your brothers and teammates say it.”