ATHENS — Georgia football coach Kirby Smart isn’t treating quarterback Jake Fromm differently than any of the other juniors on his football team.
Even though Fromm, who has led the No. 5-ranked Bulldogs to three straight SEC East Division titles and a College Football Playoff Championship Game appearance, would be integral to the team’s success next season.
“We do with Jake exactly what we do with every player on our team,” Smart said on Wednesday. “We bring them in, we talk to teams, I talk to general managers, I talk to organizations.”
Smart has pointed out that projected NFL Draft orders in the media aren’t as accurate as some might think, and it’s important to get the players true evaluations.
Fromm hasn’t said anything publicly about his future, leaving ample room for speculation.
Smart didn’t give any indication of whether Fromm was leaning toward returning for his senior season or declaring himself eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Instead, Smart shared the nature of the ongoing process during his press conference on Wednesday at Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall.
“We get information, we give those kids that information and this is a time we’re able to do that,” Smart said. “When we get closer to the bowl game we put it away and then we come back and revisit it. We’ve done those things with Jake.”
Georgia has gone through four practices that Smart said have been “fundamental based,” with coaches scheming for the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl game against No. 7 Baylor.
“They’ve played in a lot of really tough games this year,” Smart said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for their conference, having played Texas from their conference last year and they do a fabulous job.”