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ESPN ranking of Jake Fromm shows national opinion of Georgia quarterback is still very split
When Sports Illustrated released its list of the top 100 college football players, Jake Fromm came in at No. 23. It slotted him behind Georgia teammate Andrew Thomas but also behind the likes of Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Florida’s CJ Henderson. Even Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, who played in only seven games as a freshman, had a higher ranking.
In reality, Fromm probably should’ve ranked higher. This week, ESPN put out a similar list and had him much higher. Fromm came in as the No. 5 overall player in the country on ESPN’s list.
The 18-position gap is rather large for a quarterback who has played as much high-level football as Fromm. He’s started more games than Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence while also putting up better numbers than Herbert in each of the last two seasons.
But even among the ESPN rankers there was some division. Andrea Adelson tabbed Fromm as the player on ESPN’s list as being ranked too high.
“He’s one of the best players in the country, but is he the fifth-best player,” Adelson wrote. “You could make the argument Jonathan Taylor, Justin Herbert, Travis Etienne, Rondale Moore and Chase Young should all be ranked higher. Maybe even Sam Ehlinger, too.”
As a sophomore Fromm threw for 30 touchdowns compared to just 6 interceptions while also completing 67 percent of his passes. He’s yet to lose a game against an SEC East opponent and also beaten the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Auburn as a starter.
But he’s yet to topple Alabama, even though he threw for 301 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Crimson Tide last season. Instead of focusing on what Fromm has done, his detractors love to point out what he is yet to do.
That same line of thinking is why so many people assumed Justin Fields and Jacob Eason were better quarterbacks. Fromm didn’t have the athletic traits that either one of those 5-star quarterbacks did. Yet Georgia head coach Kirby Smart picked Fromm both times. And based on everything we’ve seen so far, Smart has made the right decision both times.
This season arguably might be Fromm’s biggest challenge yet, given all that Georgia has to replace in its passing game. Yes, he will be aided D’Andre Swift and one of the best offensive lines in all of football, but there is going to come a game where Georgia is going to need to win a game with Fromm making some plays through the air.
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Fromm will have to do so without having a wide receiver in his arsenal who had more than 10 catches in a Georgia uniform last year. Maybe freshmen George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock live up to the hype. But to do so, Fromm is going to have to be a significant reason why.
As for Fromm, he doesn’t spend much time thinking about where he ranks compared to some of the elite players in the country. At this point in the year, he’s really only focused on one goal.
“I want to get better on offense,” Fromm said. “I want to make this team the best team that I can make and that starts during camp.”
Georgia players add further detail on Saturday’s scrimmage as well as fall camp
When Smart met with the media on Saturday, he was not pleased with how his team played during its scrimmage. Specifically, he wanted to see more from the starting units.
During his press conference, Smart didn’t mention Fromm or Swift by name. That’s despite praising a number of other players he was asked about, including running back Zamir White.
Instead, he made it clear that he wanted to see more from the team as a whole.
“Both No. 1 units were a little lethargic, not real good timing, some bust on defense, so there are some things to clean up. The good news is we’ve got time to clean it up,” Smart said. “I thought the second offense and second offense had some positive things done but we’ve got to clean up those first units.
“We’ve got to make sure everybody is responding the right way and creating an identity. I didn’t think we created an identity today.”
Monday was the first time players were asked to address their performance from the scrimmage. For the most part, tight end Charlie Woerner, left tackle Andrew Thomas and defensive back Mark Webb all agreed there are things for them to improve on.
The three players also touched on a number of other topics with reporters as well. Woerner answered a number of questions about new tight ends coach Todd Hartley.
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Thomas gave an update on Cade Mays as well as an explanation about why he feels very confident in Georgia’s offensive line.
Webb spoke about how the difficulties of going from offense to defense as well as how the secondary is shaping up.