Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm Silences His Doubters

Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm Silences His Doubters

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Georgia Quarterback Jake Fromm Silences His Doubters


The most popular player on any given team is the backup quarterback and if Jake Fromm didn’t hear the noise surrounding him and the Bulldogs, the man has ears of steel.

After Georgia suffered its first defeat of the season against LSU two weeks ago, Bulldog fans, the media, the talking heads, even my mom… everyone but Mr. and Mrs. Fromm, were expecting talented freshman quarterback Justin Fields to see significant action against Florida on Saturday.

To say Fromm and the Dawgs struggled against the Tigers would be an understatement, but the Warner Robins sophomore kept the same, even keel demeanor after the game and throughout the bye week.

With the season on the line, Fromm and the Bulldogs turned the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party into their own private bash and the Gators were simply wallflowers.

In his 22nd consecutive start, all Fromm did was become the first Georgia quarterback in 14 years to toss three touchdowns without any interceptions against Florida. He completed 17-of-24 passes for 240 yards and was 6-of-7 on third down passes. Each of his touchdown passes was on the ‘money’ down as well. He immediately answered every Florida score and never let the Gators seize the momentum swing. Fromm controlled the game, had command of the huddle and was simply superb in Jacksonville.

After Georgia’s 39-17 victory, head coach Kirby Smart talked about the work ethic and perseverance of his quarterback.

“Jake is a competitor. You know, Jake works as hard as anybody on our team and he believes in the players around him. He understands what we’re trying to do offensively, and he did a good job of dealing out the ball when he had an opportunity and he made some big throws tonight to some guys that were open and to some guys that were in tight coverage. Jake continues to get better,” said Smart.

Smart talked about how the “noise” around the program has a greater affect on the players than the coaching staff.

“I really, really ignore the noise. I don’t get into that because I don’t think it helps me make a good decision. But the outside noise probably affects the players a lot more than it affects me. Jake Fromm is a high-character kid who works every day and I’m sure he felt and heard the noise. And Jake Fromm continues to work and get better. Justin Fields continues to work and get better, too. For the last two weeks, that kid got a lot of reps and he got better. We have a situation where we have two of what I think are really good quarterbacks.”

As far as Fromm, that calm demeanor was on display after the game during this interview with CBS Sports.

Fromm and the Bulldogs can clinch the SEC East as Georgia takes on No. 12 Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday. Georgia has won eight in a row in the series, including last years 42-13 thumping of the Wildcats. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.

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