ATHENS — Everybody has something they are looking for in the Georgia football G-Day Game at Sanford Stadium.
And, let’s face it, we all have our expectations, too.
Here are 6 predictions for the G-Day Game
Jake Fromm perfection
Want to see what it looks like when a quarterback is in complete control of the offense?
That’s what Jake Fromm will look like in the G-Day Game, even if wet conditions hold up, even with the defense knowing the plays and route tress — expect flawless execution from the third-year starting quarterback, no turnovers, no sacks.
The biggest jump for a pro style QB comes between his second and third season, because in Year One, coordinators keep things pretty simple — particularly for a true freshman.
Year Two is when things get piled on, and Georgia fans watched Fromm make a big leap during the bye week following the loss to LSU midway through last season.
Play of the Day
Georgia junior receiver J.J. Holloman had a 42-inch vertical jump in high school, and he’s only gotten bigger and stronger.
At least twice this spring Holloman has skied high into the air and made amazing catches over sticky cover cornerback Eric Stokes.
Holloman might have been UGA’s best receiver by the end of last season, and he figures to rank among the best in the SEC this season.
I expect Holloman to make the play of the day for the Bulldogs.
50-yard field goal
As much as Georgia fans talk about the stars on offense and defense, it’s easy to forget the Bulldogs have one of the best kickers in the nation in Rodrigo Blankenship.
Blankenship is one of the most effective kickoff artists in the nation, and he’s obviously clutch on his field goals.
The G-Day Game should gives Blankenship a chance to show off his powerful leg at some point, and a 50-yard-plus field goal seems more likely than not.
Brian Herrien G-Day MVP
Brian Herrien has been waiting and working four years for this opportunity, and it seems at each turn this spring, he has been running over someone on defense.
D’Andre Swift is a prime-time talent, make no mistake about that.
But Herrien has similar versatility and is headed for a season with 1,000 total yards or more, and potential for double-digit touchdowns. Herrien was the most proficient tailback in short-yardage situations last season.
Also, it was Herrien, perhaps more than any other skill position player, who showed up with an edge at the Sugar Bowl, and the prediction is that carries over to a MVP type of performance in the G-Day Game.
D’Wan Mathis Big Plays
Georgia fans will get their first look at early enrollee quarterback D’Wan Mathis, and they will surely get an eyeful.
At 6-foot-6, Mathis is an imposing figure. Add to it that he has run a 10.8-second 100 meters and can throw the ball 70 yards, and his ceiling becomes obvious.
Georgia’s offensive plays will also look obvious to the Bulldogs’ season defense, so the guess here is that when Mathis throws the ball, somebody’s band is going to play.
But will it be a big play for the offense, or a big play for the defense, or a big play for Mathis when he tucks and runs?
Demetris Robertson explosion
Georgia fans will not only see “D-Rob” catch a pass in Sanford Stadium — the prediction here is that he will also score.
It has been a long time coming for the one-time 5-star prospect from Savannah, and he has worked hard to earn a spot in Georgia’s talented receiving corps.
Tyler Simmons is another speedster who can score from anywhere on the field, but the bet here is Robertson takes a short play and turns it a long one.