ATHENS — With all due respect to Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman, it turns out Jake Fromm’s grandmother might have also had something to do with the Bulldogs’ excellent pass protection.
Fromm was hit fewer times than any quarterback in the SEC last season, per ESPN advance metrics, and he and his family rewarded the offensive lineman accordingly.
The Bulldogs gave up an average of 1.5 sacks per game last season, and only 1.6 per game in 2017.
“Fruit cookies, those cookies his grandma makes,” UGA offensive lineman Solomon Kindley said, asked if Jake Fromm did something special for the linemen in games he didn’t get sacked.
“We look forward to those fruit cookies. It’s some type of dough, with some type of icing, and it has fruit on top of them. It’s the best cookie ever.”
Left tackle Andre Thomas said the cookies are gone quickly.
“They don’t last 5 minutes, they’re gone quickly — like vultures running to get some food,” Thomas said. “It’s like a slab of cookie, then icing and then fruit.”
Thomas said he doesn’t want to know the recipe, because “if I learn it, I’ll eat too much.”
Kindley said center Trey Hill, Fromm’s former high school teammate, tipped him off about the cookies.
“Trey told me his grandma would cater for them, and she would bring fruit cookies, and he said you got to try them,” Kindley said. “So then Jake came up with, ‘don’t give up any sacks, if don’t get any hits caused by the offensive line, I’ll bring y’all fruit cookies.
“One day I got one, and I was like, ‘tell grandma I need more, I need more fruit cookies.”