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Jake Fromm threw for 3 touchdowns on Saturday.

Georgia’s two-minute drill offense shows what Jake Fromm can be at his absolute best

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Georgia two-minute drill shows what Jake Fromm can be at his apex

ATHENS — The Georgia football offense had pretty much done whatever it wanted in its first 10 quarters of action. Coming into the final drive of the first half on Saturday, the Bulldogs had put 113 points on offense and gotten touchdowns from eight different players over that span.

Though there was one thing that Bulldogs hadn’t pulled off a real two-minute drive in either of the Vanderbilt or Murray State wins. The Bulldogs scored in their final drive of the first half against Murray State, but the Bulldogs got the ball with over 3:30 remaining and only needed to go 36 yards.

But on the final drive of the first half against Arkansas State, everything clicked. It was like Georgia had decided to take its high-powered sports car of on offense out onto the highway and drive at top speed.

“Two minutes (offense) is something we take pride in,” Tight end Eli Wolf said. “It was huge for the offensive line, quarterbacks and wide receivers everybody to all be on the same page.”

The Bulldogs got the ball on their own 34-yard line with 2:22 remaining. The Bulldogs and quarterback Jake Fromm — whose had success in the past when the offense has moved to an uptempo attack — strung together a seven-play drive that featured six Fromm completions to four different receivers and a D’Andre Swift run sprinkled in to keep the defense off-balance.

“We want to take every opportunity that we can to score and be aggressive and try to do that with the quarterback we have and the offense system we have,” Smart said of Fromm in a two-minute offense. “He functions well when he gets an opportunity to do that.”

Fromm got the drive started with a 14-yard completion to Dominick Blaylock. He then got the next play started just seven seconds later and hooked up with George Pickens for a 15-yard catch. The next play — Georgia’s third in a 22-second span — was a 13-yard gain to Pickens.

Then after the Swift run, the Fromm went back to Pickens, who made an NFL level catch to pick up Georgia’s fourth first down in five plays.

After a short completion to Wolf, Fromm got the offense to the line quickly once again and ended the drive with a touchdown pass to Lawrence Cager. Fromm kept the defense off-balance the entire time while directing the offense like a veteran traffic cop working the carpool pick-up line at an elementary school.

“He’s just another coach out there,” Cager said of Fromm. “If you even look confused, he’s going to be able to tell you exactly what you need to do.”

On the drive, Fromm was a perfect 6-for-6. He finished 17-for-22 with 3 touchdowns and 279 yards for the game, but at no point this season has Fromm looked better than he did when Georgia went uptempo.

The Bulldogs haven’t needed to go uptempo as a way to create any sort of advantage over opposing defense given that Georgia has just been able to overwhelm Vanderbilt, Murray State and Arkansas State with waves of talent. On Saturday, Georgia had seven different players score a touchdown.

But as the Bulldogs enter the meat of their schedule — starting with a top-10 game against Notre Dame on Saturday — the Bulldogs won’t have such a decided advantage going forward. And the James Coley offense will need to find ways to manufacture points.

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And Fromm’s display in that two-minute, uptempo offense is something the Georgia team feels can help them going forward.

“It’s huge. It catches defenses off-balance,” Mays said on Georgia’s uptempo offense. “It catches them with personnel they don’t want on the field. We know what’s about to happen and they don’t. It’s a huge competitive advantage.”

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