Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm already had a lot on his plate this season. The Bulldogs were going to have to replace four of their top five receiving leaders from a season ago. This comes in addition to a change in offensive coordinator, as James Coley takes over for Jim Chaney.
Fromm will now — somehow — be asked to do even more this fall following the dismissal of wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman. The junior wide receiver was expected to be Georgia’s No. 1 wide receiver option after a promising 2018 campaign.
Fromm will now have to look elsewhere for a top option. But while speaking to reporters at the Manning Passing Academy, Fromm didn’t sound discouraged when asked about what changes about the wide receiver room now that Holloman is no longer there.
The junior quarterback stated that he will just have to do more now to get the offense ready for the 2019 season.
“For me, it’s about getting the guys around me better. Getting them as knowledgeable about the offense as I am,” Fromm said. “Being able to switch things up and change based on what the defense shows.”
While Georgia doesn’t have a lot known commodities at the position, there are plenty of options. Georgia signed 5-star prospect George Pickens as well as 4-star prospects Dominick Blaylock and Makiya Tongue. The Bulldogs also landed Miami graduate transfer Lawrence Cager as well.
The Bulldogs — despite losing Riley Ridley, Mecole Hardman and Terry Godwin to the NFL draft — also have some returning options. Fromm highlighted two of them who he would like to see shine this upcoming season.
“There’s a lot of guys we can’t wait to see what they do. We’re excited to see D-Rob and Tyler Simmons step up,” Fromm said.
D-Rob refers to Demetris Robertson. He transferred to Georgia a season ago with high expectations after being a 5-star recruit in the 2016 signing class. But he struggled his first season in Athens, as he failed to record a catch. But all indications are that he had a strong spring.
Simmons had a limited role on the 2018 team, but he did make the most of his opportunities. In his 14 touches in 2018, he averaged 19.2 yards per touch and scored a total of 4 touchdowns.
Fromm also added he’s excited to see what Charlie Woerner can do in a larger role this season. Woerner — who is Fromm’s roommate — will be taking over for Isaac Nauta. He also declared for the 2019 NFL Draft and was taken by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round.
Other members of the 2018 team who will look to take on a bigger role include Trey Blount, Matt Landers, Kearis Jackson and Tommy Bush.
Fromm made some significant strides in 2018 as he threw for 30 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions. He also played his best in some of Georgia’s biggest games, as he threw 6 touchdowns and 0 interceptions in games against Florida and Alabama.
The junior quarterback is regarded as one of the best in the country and as someone who could potentially be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. He knows Georgia’s wide receiver room will look very different from the one he had in 2018. That was going to be the case even before Holloman’s dismissal.
And even after losing Holloman, there’s still talent in the group. Fromm knows there’s going to be some growing pains when it comes to breaking in new receivers. But he’s also confident in the upside of the room and offense as a whole.
“Not as many familiar faces. But a lot of guys who have been working for their opportunities,” Fromm said. “We got a lot of speed and height in that room. Hopefully, they’ll come out and make some plays.”
Georgia and Fromm will get a chance to show off the new look offense on Aug. 31, when the Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will air on the SEC Network.
Nick Suss contributed to the reporting of this story
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