KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — SEC legend Tim Tebow says Jake Fromm is ready to carry the load for the Georgia offense, and Tennessee may force him to do just that.
“Jake can handle that, Jake can handle those big moments,” Tebow said on Friday during an SEC Nation interview on the University of Tennessee campus. “I would like to see them let him put on a back brace and carry them.”
The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (4-0) play the Vols (1-3) at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Both teams are coming off a bye week, UGA most recently beating Notre Dame 23-17 in a battle of Top 10 teams.
Tebow believes new Georgia offensive coordinator James Coley is the key to the Georgia offense blossoming and Fromm developing into more of an offensive weapon.
“I think they’ll continue to learn, and it’s how (Coley) calls it and how he connects with Jake, and how they can continue to open it up,” Tebow said. “Because when they did, Jake was fantastic, and they went right down the field. And then it was like, ‘OK, lets get back into turning around (and handing off).’
“Notre Dame stacked the box and had seven or eight in the box the whole time, daring Georgia to go win it, and they didn’t — they won it because their defense played fantastic.”
Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said following the close call over the Irish that his offense would have to find ways to make teams pay for stacking the box.
Tebow said Georgia’s talent and the receivers they added through recruiting and transfers make it an offense capable of doing that.
“I think Georgia is extremely talented, (and) I think it’s a little bit of a sigh of relief for them how well their receivers have played, because two of them have transferred in,” Tebow said.
“Lawrence Cager is a big ol’ bodied dude that could be a big X-factor for Georgia in their bigger games here in the future. I like (Demetris) Robertson, I like a lot of those guys.
“But then they have to be able to stretch that field to open it up for D’Andre Swift, (and) I thought against Notre Dame they were playing not to lose rather than playing to win.”
Tebow said he expect Tennessee’s defense to challenge Fromm like the Irish did.
“I think they’ll stack the box, force Georgia to win out the outside,” Tebow said. “Maybe they miss a few, maybe a few are incomplete, maybe get a turnover.
“It’s still a rivalry game, so that changes thing a little bit.”
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