ESPN analyst snubs Jake Fromm, Georgia from list of SEC Heisman contenders
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No Heisman love from ESPN’s Cole Cubelic
The opinion on Jake Fromm is pretty split. On the one hand, he led Georgia to an appearance in the national championship game and an SEC title as a freshman. But he also struggled on the road at Auburn and was not great in the title game against Alabama.
But Georgia figures to have a manageable schedule, and with much of last year’s coaching staff and offensive line returning, Fromm should get better. And given how good the Bulldogs figure to be this year, Fromm seems like a likely Heisman Trophy candidate.
But ESPN and SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic is here to say not so fast. Cubelic tweeted out his list of top 5 SEC Heisman Trophy candidates, and Fromm was not on it.
My top 5 SEC @HeismanTrophy candidates:
1) Jarrett Stidham
2) Tua Tagovailoa
3) Drew Lock
4) Deebo Samuel
5) Nick Fitzgerald
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) August 14, 2018
While all the players on Cubelic’s list are talented, there are also some nits to pick. For one, Deebo Samuel played in just three games last season and a wide receiver hasn’t won the Heisman Trophy since 1991.
As for Fitzgerald, he too is coming off a serious injury and is in the process of learning Joe Moorhead’s offense. Both Tua Tagovailoa and Drew Lock also have new offensive coordinators, and Missouri doesn’t project to have the strongest season. And while it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Tagovailoa will win the Alabama starting job he hasn’t as of yet.
Former UGA linebacker and fellow ESPN analyst David Pollack did notice Cubelic’s omission.
One gigantic omission!!!!!!! https://t.co/ZSAscXYsnB
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) August 15, 2018
Fromm will be pushed by Justin Fields. And one, if not more, of Georgia’s running backs is likely to take some of the Heisman hype away from Fromm. But Fromm figures to have a stronger season, especially with the addition of Demetris Robertson.
The folks and Vegas certainly see him as a Heisman candidate, as the Bovada Sportsbook, gives Fromm 15-to-1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy. Only Tagovailoa has better Heisman odds.
Sure people can pick nits about Fromm’s game. But given how good Fromm and Georgia figure to be, the Georgia sophomore should at least be on an SEC Heisman contender list, even if it’s not at the top.
Richard LeCounte is going to be just fine
Last week, Georgia fans probably took notice of Kirby Smart’s comments about former 5-star safety Richard LeCounte. There’s a lot expected of LeCounte as he enters his sophomore season and many hope he lives up to his recruiting pedigree.
But after answering questions from the media on Tuesday night, LeCounte showed that he’s handling the criticism and hype just fine.
DawgNation’s Mike Griffith recapped what LeCounte had to say and it’s hard not to come away impressed with his answers.
“It’s been a learning experience, something I look forward to every day, getting hard coaching, coming in here developing my mind and body,” LeCounte said. “It’s coaching. I’d be mad if he wasn’t coaching me hard.”
With Dominick Sanders graduating, LeCounte is expected to step into that role and be a major contributor for the Georgia defense. LeCounte appeared in 10 games last season and registered 10 tackles.
Georgia will also need LeCounte to play well right away after Tuesday’s news that Tyrique McGhee will reportedly miss the start of the season due to an injury.
Given what LeCounte said, Georgia fans shouldn’t be to worried about the safety. He showed that he’s more than capable of taking criticism and getting better from it.
An exclusive on the Demetris Robertson front
A big tip of the cap to DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell, as he caught up with Robertson’s brother Carlos who helped explain what led Demetris to Georgia.
And the biggest take away from Sentell’s wonderful story is that Demetris Robertson didn’t return to Georgia for a better football situation or because he was unhappy at Cal. Robertson came to Georgia because it was important to him, for a variety of reasons, to be closer to his family.
“This was really about him needing to be in a good state of mind,” Carlos Robertson said. “This was not really about football because this was about him being here. Being a little bit closer. Near family and all that. It brought all of that into perspective for him when he was that far away. Things can get out of your control when you are that far away.”
You should read Sentell’s story in it’s entirety, as it is well worth the read.
If you need a good laugh, here it is as one man tries to spin Tennessee’s terrible, no good, comically bad 2017 season into “not being that bad”.
Siri, show me the most Vols headline in recorded history. pic.twitter.com/Z2rzeNwsqC
— Ellis Metz (@efmetz) August 14, 2018
In case you’ve forgotten, Tennessee lost to Georgia by 41 points at home, lost to Florida on a Hail Mary and lost to every single SEC team. The Volunteers fired Butch Jones and then led an even worse coaching search that led to them whiffing on a number of candidates before finally landing on Jeremy Pruitt.
Georgia takes on Tennessee in Athens on Sept. 29.
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