WATCH SEC legend Tim Tebow: Georgia can trust Jake Fromm
ATHENS — SEC football legend Tim Tebow has been a fan of Jake Fromm’s for quite some time, and he believes the Georgia coaches should be, too.
Tebow, on the UGA campus on Friday with SEC Nation, said the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs will ultimately need to be more aggressive and let Fromm throw downfield more to win a championship.
“I think Jake could manage it, (and) he knows if it’s not there, I’m going to check it down,” Tebow said. “I think he’s a very poised, accurate, very good quarterback, one of the best in the country, (and) I think it’s a great time to trust him.
“I think to win it all, you’re going to have to trust him in those moments.”
Georgia plays No. 24-ranked Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
Tebow indicated the personality of the Bulldogs’ team makes them a tough matchup.
“You have to look at the style of play and how they play complementary football with their defense and special teams, and all of that works together,” Tebow said.
“I think when this Georgia team plays complete and plays in all phases — their defense is so good, they don’t hurt themselves with turnovers, good special teams, good field goal kicker — and when all of that is together, they are a tough team to beat.”
Tebow felt the offense was at its best in Georgia’s 24-17 win over Florida.
“Especially on third down against Florida, they were aggressive, they knew they had to do some things to win, to push the envelope, and they did it in that game and were very successful,” Tebow said. “There’s been some games where I think they just waited and waited, because they knew they were a better team.”
Fromm was 20-of-30 passing for 279 yards with 2 TDs in the 24-17 win over the Gators, the Bulldogs converting 12 of 18 times on third down.
“I would like, personally to see them be a little bit more aggressive,” Tebow said. “I think it will help Jake.”
Georgia coach Kirby Smart explained how Fromm has come through in difficult pass situations this season, and how taking chances can affect the offense.
“We’ve had a lot of success on third-and-long during the year, (and) I certainly don’t want to be in those,” Smart said. “(But) if you want to keep people off balance and you want to change things up, you’re going to have to live with some third-and-tens, because you’re not always going to complete some shots and some explosive play actions.
“But it’s something we’re always looking to do, to not be as predictable. And it’s also, we have to serve who we are, and we have to make sure that we can get into those situations where Jake has a chance, whether it’s to win it with his feet or he has a chance to win it with shorter routes or keep them honest on the run in third down.”
Tebow suggested Fromm shouldn’t be compared to other quarterbacks based on his numbers.
“The eye test for Jake Fromm isn’t that he has the same stats as Tua (Tagovailoa) or Joe Burrow,” Tebow said. “When Jake plays to the best of his ability in the Georgia offense, he will not have the stats that Joe has when Joe plays to the best of his ability (in LSU offense).
“It’s not because Jake did any less, it’s because it’s a different style of offense.”
Here’s the complete interview with Tebow from Friday on the UGA campus.
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