It’s safe to say that Saturday will present the toughest environment Jake Fromm will play in during his freshman season.
Despite already owning a road win over No. 3 Notre Dame, the game Saturday at No. 10 Auburn will be a tough task for the freshman quarterback, given the raucous atmosphere at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
But when asked about how he is going about preparing Fromm for the game, Georgia coach Kirby Smart kept it relatively simple.
“Crank up the noise. Crank it up and get him used to it,” Smart said on the SEC coaches teleconference. “We just can’t put so much on his plate to where he can’t communicate.”
Fromm has led Georgia to an unbeaten record and has tossed 15 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions while averaging 9.7 yards per attempt. He had his first 300-yard passing game against Missouri. After a Florida game where he wasn’t asked to do much, Fromm had an efficient outing against South Carolina, completing 16 of 22 passes and two touchdowns in a 24-10 win.
Smart was also asked how the coaches have handled adding things for Fromm over the course of the season. Smart gave a somewhat surprising answer.
“We really haven’t added much. All along we’ve felt like he’s a bright kid,” he said. “One place he’s shown the most growth is making decisions. Run-pass decisions, to eat the ball and throw it away.”
While Fromm has continued to show progress, he still has a number of critics, including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. It’s worth noting that Fromm’s two worst performances in terms of completion percentage and yards per attempt have both come on the road (Notre Dame, Tennessee).
The No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs and Auburn kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday on CBS. Georgia has not lost to Auburn since 2013.