ATHENS — Jake Fromm says Georgia aims to play fast, physical and set the tone on offense in its season-opening game at Vanderbilt.
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs are expected to trot out a modified offense under the direction of new coordinator James Coley, an internal promotion after Jim Chaney’s departure.
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Fromm wasn’t willing to tip his hand on the offensive changes for obvious reasons.
“We want to be fast, we want to be physical, thats what we want to do,” Fromm said Monday. “We want to get better as far as scoring in the red zone, and we want to get better on third downs, so that’s kind of the goals we have in our mind right now on offense.
“That’s where the focus has been, it’s been in those three areas.”
Georgia ranked 101st (of 130) in plays per game last season (67.8), amazingly, one spot behind Georgia Tech’s final ball-control option attack of former Yellow Jackets coach Paul Johnson (67.9).
The Bulldogs ranked 21st in the nation in red zone scoring percentage last season (89.09 percent), but that represented a drop from the 2017 season (95.83) which featured Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.
Fromm referenced that when asked Monday what he saw when he looked back on film of himself as a freshman.
“I see a guy that loved handing the ball off to Nick and Sony,” said Fromm, who took over starting duties the second game of the 2017 season and led the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship and College Football Playoff title game appearance.
The bigger question the season is who will Fromm love throwing the football to after the top five pass catchers from a season ago have all moved on.
Senior Tyler Simmons is the leading returning receiver — with all of nine catches last season — while Demetris Robertson showed out in spring drills and incoming freshman George Pickens has impressed in fall drills.
Coach Kirby Smart has talked about redshirt sophomore Matt Landers showing flashes of brilliance, as well.
“Tyler has obviously played really well and had a tremendous camp ,and he’s playing lights out,” Fromm said. “There’s plenty of other guys who are stepping up, Matt and George, D-Rob, and those kind of guys, so they are playing great.
“Charlie (Woerner) is playing great, too, so hopefully we can keep it going and keep the rhythm going.”
Fromm said his chemistry with the receivers has come along better than anyone could have expected in fall camp.
“Hopefully we can go out and prove that,” Fromm said, “and really show what the receiving corps and what the quarterbacks are all about at the University of Georgia.”
One thing that’s certain, Smart will make sure Vanderbilt knows what the Bulldogs’ run game is all about.
Smart referenced how the Commodores out-rushed Georgia in the first half last season, 91 yards to 56 yards — albeit, Vandy had 19 attempts (4.79 yards per carry) and the Bulldogs had only 7 (8 yards per attempt).
Fromm made it clear Georgia’s offensive line is ready to establish the run.
“Those guys are big, physical,” Fromm said. “and I know they’re ready to run the ball and do whatever they’re called to do.”
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