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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.”
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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.
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