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Georgia is going to be great in 2019 because it still it has Jake Fromm
On Monday night, USA Today reported Justin Fields, Georgia’s freshman quarterback, will transfer from the school. The report has not yet been confirmed, and Fields’ stepmother spoke with DawgNation, and reiterated that no decision has been made.
“I’m not at liberty to discuss anything,” Jo Ann Claudrick Fields told DawgNation’s Chip Towers. “We’re not confirming or denying anything. We haven’t made a decision.”
This story will be worth following until its conclusion and DawgNation will have you covered from all angles.
Even if Fields — who was the No. 2 overall player in the 2018 class — does decide to transfer, Georgia is going to be more than alright heading into the 2019. And it’s going to be because of Jake Fromm.
Fromm hasn’t always been loved by some members of the Georgia fan base, mostly because he’s never offered the physical upside of either Fields or former quarterback Jacob Eason. For those who don’t remember, Eason was also a 5-star quarterback. But Fromm got the starting quarterback job after Eason went down with an injury in Georgia’s 2017 season-opener, and Fromm never gave it up after that. Eason transferred to Washington last January and sat out for the 2018 entire season.
Fromm did have a bad game against LSU this season, when he completed only 16 of his 34 passes and was intercepted twice. But in Georgia’s six games after, the sophomore quarterback threw 14 touchdowns to just 1 interceptions while completing 70 percent of his passes. Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in that same six-game stretch: 16 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, and 64-percent completion percentage.
Fromm also clearly outplayed Tagovailoa in the SEC championship game. And before an Alabama fan can tell you that Tagovailoa was hurt, health is a skill, and it’s another one Fromm clearly possesses. The Georgia quarterback has never missed a game despite the off-season fishing injury or two.
But for those still not willing to buy all the way in on Fromm, here is what Fields had to say about the quarterback ahead of him on the depth chart after the SEC Championship game:
“We’re actually friends. He teaches me the offense, I ask him questions constantly. What would he do in certain situations. I just try to pick his brain because he’s a very smart quarterback. Probably the smartest quarterback I’ve been around. I just like learning from him and kind of just picking his brain.”
Eason and Fields might be like Lamborghinis, but we’ve also never really seen them play in big spots, unless you want to count Fields’ last snap in a Georgia uniform where he ran a fake punt on fourth and 11. Fromm is a really, really nice BMW that is still more than good enough to get you from point A to point B. He’s led Georgia to back-to-back SEC East titles, and has shown that he can score points on the Alabama offense.
He’s clearly more than good enough to lead Georgia to a national title in 2019, with or without Fields as his back-up.
DawgNation stories on Justin Fields
- WATCH: New video shows Justin Fields clearly frustrated with his role at Georgia
- What Justin Fields told reporters after the SEC Championship game
- If Justin Fields transfers from Georgia football, hard to blame Kirby Smart
- Member of Georgia QB Justin Fields’ family: ‘We have not made any decisions’
- Social media stunned by Justin Fields’ reported decision to transfer
- Report: Justin Fields intends to transfer from Georgia
Top Dawg Tuesday
On Tuesday, we handed out the Top Dawg award, which goes to the former Georgia player who had the best week in the NFL. And for the second straight week, we’re giving it to a Chicago Bear.
But before we get to that, let’s look at how some other Georgia greats played over the weekend. Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets added another sack to his season total, but the Jets were unable to beat the Houston Texans. Meanwhile, Alec Ogletree of the New York Giants finished with seven tackles in a loss to the Tennessee Titans.
As for the Georgia running backs in the league, Nick Chubb led the way with 100 rushing yards in a 17-16 win for the Cleveland Browns. Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams had two touchdowns but only 48 yards rushing. He did catch 10 passes for 76 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams lost 30-23 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Sony Michel of the New England Patriots ran for 59 yards on 13 carries in a 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
As for the Top Dawg, it’s going to a defender on the Chicago Bears. But not the one who we gave it to last week. Roquan Smith had another strong game for the Bears, as he’s racked up a game-high 10 tackles. But it was actually former Bulldog Leonard Floyd who played the more impactful game. Floyd brought down Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers twice on Sunday, as the Bears finished with 5 total sacks in the game.
Thanks to Floyd and Smith, Chicago clinched the NFC North, something it hadn’t done since 2010. So for winning the division title and racking up two sacks, Floyd is our top Dawg of the Week.
Week 1: ReShad Jones DB, Miami Dolphins
Week 2: Shawn Williams DB, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
Week 4: A.J. Green WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 7: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 8: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 9: Benjamin Watson TE, New Orleans Saints
Week 10: Nick Chubb RB, Cleveland Browns
Week 11: Alec Ogletree LB, New York Giants
Week 12: Nick Chubb RB, Cleveland Browns
Week 13: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 14: Roquan Smith LB, Chicago Bears
Best stories from around DawgNation
- Georgia football early enrollees bring spark while noteworthy absences raise red flags
- Georgia Bulldogs will rack up again, but early signing period should come in August
- Former 5-star UGA recruiting target Aubrey Solomon to transfer from Michigan
- WATCH: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart reveals plans to replace Mel Tucker
- Georgia football injury update: D’Andre Walker currently out
- Kirby Smart confirms that TE Luke Ford will be back with team for bowl
- Mentor describes 5-star Jadon Haselwood’s official as a “great” visit
Dawgs on Twitter
— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) December 18, 2018
While not confirmed yet, if Justin Fields does in fact transfer, that would make the SECOND 5🌟 and #1 QB in the country that Jake Fromm has ran out of Athens.
If that doesn’t tell you how talented this kid is, I’m not sure what does.
— UGA Recruiting (@UgaRecruitNews) December 18, 2018
If Justin Fields (No. 2 overall QB in 2018 class) does ultimately transfer, a wild trend would continue.
A top-2 QB recruit has transferred in every class dating to 2010. pic.twitter.com/OBtdxfAQyG
— Jason Starrett (@starrettjason) December 18, 2018
I can’t believe no one has tweeted Thank u, next at Justin Fields yet. Shows Georgia fans either really want him to stay or just don’t like the meme. pic.twitter.com/2SSjfXZAhe
— Connor Riley (@Kconnorriley) December 18, 2018
Good Dawg of the Day
This is Basil. She has revolutionized lying down. Flawlessly executing booty first technology. 14/10 pic.twitter.com/25I7TBY7me
— WeRateDogs™ (@dog_rates) December 17, 2018