ATHENS — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher was a quarterback back in his playing days at Samford, playing and then coaching under Terry Bowden before stints with Nick Saban and Bobby Bowden.
It’s safe to say Fisher knows a thing or two about championship level football and quarterbacks, and he likes what he has seen from Georgia’s Jake Fromm.
“He’s as good as anybody in the country,” Fisher said. “Listen, this guy understands it. Everybody talks about, what does this guy run, how does he throw, what’s his numbers.
“What you better ask is, ‘does this guy understand how to win?’ ”
Georgia fans certainly hope so. Fromm is 33-6 in games as the UGA quarterback entering into the 3:30 p.m. showdown with Texas A&M (TV: CBS).
The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 6-1 SEC) have clinched the SEC East Division and a trip to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on Dec. 7.
But Georgia cannot afford a loss to the No. 24-ranked Aggies (7-3, 4-2) if it wants to keep its College Football Playoff hopes alive.
Fromm has been doing his part, playing turnover-free football the past four games dating back to his three-interception performance in the 20-17 double-overtime loss to South Carolina on Oct. 12.
Texas A&M has also won four games in a row dating back to a home loss to Alabama on Oct. 12, and Fisher attributes much of his team’s success to his quarterback, Kellen Mond.
“You talk about our guy right now, you talk about selfless, can play, tough, leadership, guys love him, play for him, do everything in the world for him,” Fisher said.
“Fromm is the same type of guy, the guy is selfless, makes all the throws, makes all the runs, all he does is make the right decisions, takes care of the football and they win games and move the football.
“To me that’s what a quarterback is. We get caught up in all these other things, (but) Fromm is an excellent football player.”
Fromm, 11-5 against Top 25 teams, ranks in the Top 5 in Georgia history in TD passes (70, No. 3), passing yards (7,332, No. 5) and pass completions (556, No. 5).
Fromm has been working with a completely made-over receiving corps, and it’s one that is both inexperienced and banged up with go-to receiver Lawrence Cager dealing with a separated shoulder.
Still, some have projected Fromm as a potential first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
There’s a possibility that Saturday could mark his final appearance in Sanford Stadium, though Fromm hasn’t made any comments that would indicate a decision has been made either way.
Fromm is featured in a recent Georgia football video, expressing what it means to play for the Bulldogs.
Who We Are | @FrommJake “Playing here—you’re not playing for yourself. You’re representing your family. You’re representing the state of Georgia… And it’s special.”#ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/tV5DZFg4LH
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) November 20, 2019