Georgia football fans know about Jake Fromm’s moxie by now. They know how he impressed his veteran teammates and commanded the Bulldogs locker room at 19 years old. And they, of course, know what he can do on the field. They watched him throw for 2,615 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Bulldogs to the National Championship Game.
It’s fair to question how quickly Fromm connected with his older teammates — especially the guys three or four years ahead of him.
But former Georgia running back Nick Chubb said the chemistry was immediate.
“He had me convinced as soon as he got in,” Chubb said in a phone call with DawgNation last week. “The way he led as a young kid coming in — not even playing yet — just shows great leadership. And then once his time was here, he really stood out to everyone. He’s definitely a great leader.”
Chubb spoke courtesy of the Panini trading card company, which printed an exclusive Cleveland Browns Nick Chubb card hours after his selection last Friday.
The second all-time leading rusher in Georgia history said his former quarterback was cool from the moment he stepped into the huddle against Appalachian State. Fromm, taking over for an injured Jacob Eason, instantly took charge.
“He never panicked,” Chubb said. “He never froze. He just came in there and just controlled the game.”
SEC Network analyst and former Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy spoke about Fromm with DawgNation in March. He echoed Chubb’s thoughts, adding that Eason was no match for Fromm in the locker room.
“Fromm was different last year,” he said. “Fromm was all in, from Day 1 when he showed up in January. He was all about football. That was it. That was the only thing he cared about, and he wanted to be the quarterback at Georgia more than anything in the world. It wasn’t about talent. It was about intangibles.
“He brought those to the position, and that’s where Eason really struggled. So it was pretty easy, I think, for the guys to really rally around Jake Fromm because of how committed he was and the buy-in level from him.”
A new challenge awaits Fromm in 2018: Justin Fields. The 5-star freshman no doubt hopes to stage a similar coup of the starting quarterback spot this fall.
Fromm has help from his former star running back, if necessary.
“If I need to reach out to him,” Chubb said, “I will.”