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An unanswerable question: Is Jake Fromm elite?
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm has accomplished a lot in his two years at Georgia. He’s won an SEC Championship, led Georgia to back-to-back 11-win seasons and helped turn the Bulldogs into one of the best teams in the country.
And yet for some, Fromm still isn’t good enough. On DawgNation Daily, the daily Georgia podcast hosted by Brandon Adams, a number of fans constantly bemoan Fromm. Frequent comments include: “He’s just a game manager,” “He can’t win a game when Georgia can’t run the ball.” And there’s the constant questioning of his physical skills.
And with it seeming like Georgia freshman quarterback Justin Fields has played his last game for the Bulldogs, it’s time to ponder a question: Is Jake Fromm elite?
Before going any further let’s lay down some facts: First this isn’t trying to say that Fromm isn’t a bad or inadequate quarterback. He threw for 301 yards against Alabama just over a month ago. The last two quarterbacks to do that were Kyler Murray of Oklahoma — a Heisman Trophy winner — and Deshaun Watson — who won a national championship for Clemson against Alabama.
Second, he finished fifth in the country in passing efficiency this year, ninth in yards per attempt and 10th in completion percentage. On the season, he threw 30 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions.
Third, Fromm has had the occasional stinker. He was bad against Auburn in his freshman season. He was even worse against LSU this year, when he completed 16 of his 34 pass attempts and was intercepted twice. Then against Texas in the Sugar Bowl, Fromm missed on a number of throws as Georgia fell behind 28-7. He played a little better in the fourth quarter, but he still completed 21 of his 35 pass attempts for 224 yards.
Fromm has had the benefit of playing with the SEC’s best rushing attack in each of the last two seasons. Fromm was also protected by one of the country’s best offensive lines, as the Georgia unit was a finalist for the Joe Moore Award, which goes to the nation’s top offensive line.
Like all quarterbacks, Fromm has a few bad games. It can be a little concerning that he hasn’t always performed at his best against Georgia’s best opponents. But he’s also shown against the likes of Florida and Alabama this year, he can lead and carry Georgia. The Bulldogs didn’t lose the SEC Championship game because of Fromm.
He was also splitting reps this year with Justin Fields. And while Fields might one day be a better quarterback than Fromm, I felt there wasn’t a time this year where Fields was a better option than Fromm. While many have pointed out how the lack of a rhythm affected Fields, it also very likely affected Fromm.
A few years ago, many on the internet took time to ponder whether or not Joe Flacco was elite. The Baltimore Ravens quarterback was often maligned for being inconsistent. But he also led the Ravens to a Super Bowl win, beating contemporaries such as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady along the way.
Fromm is a better college quarterback than Flacco is and was as a professional. But until he beats his “elite” college peers, like Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, there will still be a section of the Georgia and college football fan base wondering just how good of a quarterback Jake Fromm is.
Previewing what could be a big Saturday for Georgia recruiting
With the Under Armour All-American game in the books, Georgia fans should turn their attention to Saturday’s All-American Bowl in San Antonio.
Georgia has two high priority targets announcing their commitments on Saturday. Jadon Haselwood, a 5-star wide receiver from Ellenwood, and Tyrique Stevenson, a 4-star defensive back from the Miami area, will both announce their commitments live on NBC during the game.
Haselwood was a one-time Georgia commit, but all signs point him not picking the Bulldogs. Haselwood is the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver in the country and the state’s top prospect. The wide receiver, as documented many a times by DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, has a very tight relationship with Fields, who is exploring his transfer options.
But Georgia fans should however be expecting better news from Stevenson. The nation’s No. 38 overall prospect is down to Georgia and Miami. And while Georgia is without a defensive coordinator at the moment. Miami just had a head coaching change, and Manny Diaz, Miami’s new coach and former defensive coordinator, had accepted the Temple job days before Stevenson signed his letter of intent.
Georgia has the No. 2 overall recruiting class, and even if Georgia does add both Haselwood and Stevenson, it will still trail Alabama for the No. 1 overall class.
Two Georgia legends get closer to the Hall of Fame
The Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for the 2019 class were announced Thursday night and two former Bulldogs moved one step closer to Canton. Cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive end Richard Seymour were both named finalists for the 2019 class.
Bailey played at Georgia from 1996-98. He was taken in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. Bailey also played for the Denver Broncos during his 15-year NFL career. While at Georgia, Bailey was a two-way standout before he went on to become one of the greatest cornerbacks in NFL history.
The former Bulldog was a 12-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 2000’s All-Decade team. The 12 Pro-Bowl selections are the most ever by a defensive back. This is Bailey’s first year on the ballot and he is a near lock to make it.
Seymour attended Georgia from 1997-2000 before being taken in the first round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. He went on to win three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots. He also went on to appear in seven Pro-Bowls. Like Bailey, Seymour was also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade team in the 2000’s.
The inductees for the 2019 Hall of Fame class will be announced on Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl.
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— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) January 3, 2019
FINAL: #Georgia » 63
LSU » 50
Double-digit scoring nights from three different #UGA players give your Lady Dogs the W in the @SEC opener! Jenna Staiti had 13 points and nine boards!
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— Georgia Basketball (@UGA_WBB) January 4, 2019
Thankful for an incredible year with an amazing group of guys. I’m blessed to be here at this university and thankful for these seniors who put so much into this program. The table is set for us, all we have to do is eat ! #GoDawgs #Glory2God pic.twitter.com/9IdxitYSfr
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Great shot from my buddy Rob Saye.
Uga wasn't going out like that against Bevo, so he came back for the smoke afterward. pic.twitter.com/f4zQtseqKY
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