ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm snapped off one clean throw after another on Tuesday, seemingly not affected by a heat index of more than 100 degrees during the Bulldogs’ practice.
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Fromm was just as sharp throughout Monday’s workout, too, according to tight end Charlie Woerner
“We just have to get after this week, and we brought it today,” Woerner said following Monday’s practice. “It was a really good practice for the offensive unit.”
The Bulldogs’ third-year starting quarterback is responding precisely how Coach Kirby Smart wants after Saturday’s off-day in Scrimmage One at Sanford Stadium.
Smart spoke for more than 16 minutes after the practice, but he didn’t mention Fromm’s name once.
If it’s a bad day for the offense, that means it was a bad day for Fromm.
“I really feel like everything’s on my shoulders,” Fromm said in an ESPN.com story.
That includes the past two seasons, both essentially ended by Alabama.
“They’ll look at me, and they won’t say it was Jake & Co. They’ll say it was Jake’s fault. That’s the type of responsibility I want. I want to take this team to the next level and win a national championship. I’m determined to do it.”
The story of Fromm’s past two seasons had been mostly hidden, until Georgia allowed Sports Illustrated and ESPN exclusive access to players and Smart to share more details.
Woerner, who said Monday the heat had affected the first team offense in Saturday’s scrimmage, also disclosed that Fromm was upset with Justin Fields playing behind him.
“He was definitely frustrated at times,” Woerner said in a Sports Illustrated story.
“He felt like he was doing all he could, and Justin would still get reps. [Jake] is a competitor. He wants to be The Guy.”
Fromm has things like that now, and on Tuesday he was back on the mark.
Swift treatment?: NFL scouts discussed D’Andre Swift being late to the practice field on Monday, one telling another, “Coach said he’s getting treatment and won’t be out until the media leaves.”
On Tuesday, Swift wasn’t on the field by the time media left, leaving room for some to speculate.
DawgNation confirmed through a UGA spokesperson Swift did indeed end up at practice.
Swift said last week that he spends a great deal of time taking care of his body.
“I do a good job of taking care of my body,” Swift said last week. “I’m always in the training room, I live in the training room.”
That was certainly the case on Monday, before Swift finally came out and took part in drills.
Missing: Freshman cornerback Tyrique Stevenson was not at practice. Stevenson didn’t appear 100 percent in Monday’s practice.
Return: Defensive lineman David Marshall appeared full speed after walking off the practice field on Monday with an assistant coach.
Biking: Linebacker Nate McBride, who didn’t dress for the scrimmage and wasn’t a go at Monday’s practice, was back in shoulder pads riding the exercise bike along the sideline.
Rotating: Matt Landers was running first team at receiver opposite Tyler Simmons and with Demetris Robertson still in the slot. Lawrence Cager was working behind Simmons. Freshman Dominick Blaylock was running fourth team, behind a scout team player.
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