UGA quarterback Jake Fromm completed 20-of-30 pass attempts for 279 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon versus the Gators. The senior signal-caller fielded questions after the Bulldogs 24-17 win over the Florida Gators in Jacksonville including whether or not he felt some of the fans were doubting him.
“Yes and no. There’s a lot of talk out there. You can choose what you want to listen to,” said Fromm. “And I choose not to listen to it. I’m invested in this team, I love these guys, and they came out and played great today.”
But Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart didn’t pull any punches during his post-game press conference when it came to fans doubting Fromm’s abilities as a quarterback.
“I’m just proud of the support that our fans provided for us, even if they did think Jake couldn’t throw the ball,” said Kirby
Kirby expounded on that and discussed the pressure on his quarterback.
“He’s had a lot of people that have questioned him, and he has a chip on his shoulder guy. Y’all have seen it over and over again where people doubt and continue to doubt and he continues to rise above,” said Kirby. “He’s not a silver spoon-fed kid, he’s a working kid. He works himself into it, he wills himself into it. I’m really proud of the way he played and led his team and proud of a lot of others, I’m not saying it was just Jake, but Jake has a lot of pressure on him.”
And what did Kirby think of how Fromm has handled that pressure and his performance versus Florida in such a big game…
“I’m just proud of him. Every time his back’s against the wall he just comes out swinging,” said Kirby.
Fromm praised the team and especially made a point to talk about the Georgia offensive line that led to the success that he and the offensive enjoyed.
On the team’s performance…
“Today was an opportunity to go ahead and play. Guys took that and were ready to roll with it,” said Fromm. “We responded and came out and played a great football game. It feels great. I’m extremely thankful, blessed to be here with my teammates in the locker room and this coaching staff.”
High praise for the offensive line…
“Man, they balled out—all five did. I can only remember one scenario where we ran the same play twice and it kind of got loose. Besides that, those guys played great, played physical,” said Fromm. “We knew it was going to be a really physical football game, there was going to be a lot of body blows for those guys on the line of scrimmage.”