ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm knows better than anyone the challenge the Bulldogs have ahead, and just how little margin for error a game like Georgia Tech affords a quarterback.
But Fromm, now 22-3 as a starter with his limited but flawless 5-of-5 passing performance against UMass, made it clear the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs (10-1) won’t be sitting around waiting to get upset by the Yellow Jackets (7-4) at noon Saturday.
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“I think we have a chip on our shoulder now, we’re coming out and guys are molding together now, guys are understanding everyone’s roles now and things are clicking, and I hope they continue to click,” Fromm said, “because right now, we’re getting starting to get kind of dangerous.”
Fromm in control
Fromm has everything to do with it, taking command of the offense during the bye week.
The sophomore from Warner Robins was 3-of-20 converting on third-and-9 or longer through the first seven games of the season, completing 5-of-15 passes for 63 yards with 4 sacks and 3 interceptions.
But in the next three games against Florida, Kentucky and Auburn, Fromm as 4-of-6 converting on third-and-9 or longer and is 5-of-6 passing for 63 yards.
Fromm was so sharp against UMass, he didn’t face any third downs on his four series, all of which resulted in touchdowns.
“The bye week was good for us, (and) we got back to the basics and said, ‘this is who we’re going to be, and how we’re going to do it,’ “ Fromm said during an SEC Network interview with SEC legend and college football analyst Tim Tebow last week.
“Third down was kind of a big issue for us, (so) during the bye week we said, ‘we’re gong to get better on third down,’ and we just kind of grinded on that.”
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Tebow, who predicated Fromm would bounce back the day before Georgia beat Florida 36-17 in Jacksonville, said there’s no quarterback debate in Athens.
“Jake Fromm is your quarterback, there’s no arguments anymore, I don’t want to hear anything else,” Tebow said. “But how can Justin Fields help the team? Not in going in and being a quarterback for a series — but in special situations. Third-and-short, red zone and goal line, that’s where Justin Fields can help this team.”
Fields showed off his running skills in the 66-27 win over UMass, converting on a third-and-1 run and breaking off runs of 47 and 30 yards.
NFL running back and former Georgia star Sony Michel says he sees the team gelling. That’s why Michel and Nick Chubb predicted the Bulldogs would win the SEC title on national television Saturday.
“I see a group of young guys playing with each other,” Michel said, “trusting the process and trusting what Coach is telling them.”
UGA has had a successful season in most every respect, especially when one considers the Bulldogs didn’t have one player on offense chosen for preseason All-SEC honors.
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