Jake Fromm isn’t a stranger to the spot light, however, expecting to see him on the field this early in the season was doubtful at the Bulldogs sweated and battled during Fall Camp. Then came Saturday’s home opener versus Appalachian State. When starting quarterback Jacob Eason went down after eight plays, the youngster had to step up and show the entire Georgia fan base what he was about. Fromm went 10-15 for 143 yards and one touchdown. He led the team to defeat Appalachian State 31-10. On Monday, head coach Kirby Smart along with Davin Bellamy and wide out Javon Wims talked about the true freshman’s natural football ability.
Kirby Smart praised Fromm for his natural talent. He went on and on during his press conference on Monday about the youngster. The head coach mentioned how he is a football junkie and how much he loves the game. When Smart answered the question about Fromm, his eyes just lit up with excitement to see how this guy has progressed from spring through the summer, into fall camp and then coming off the bench in a less than ideal situation.
“Jake is a gamer. He is a kid that grew up around the game. I look at him and compare him to a coach’s son, a football junkie,” Smart said. “He likes it. He loves being around it. He’s always cheering and fired up out there. Every time he makes a good throw or a good play in practice he is jacked and he is as excited for the kid who made the play as he is for himself. As a defensive coach you may see him cheering and think that he’s rubbing it in, but that’s just who he is. He really is passionate about the game. He can’t let his emotions get in the way for him because, for him, it’s just an excitement. He’s that kind of way. He’s just competitive.”
Smart continued to talk about Fromm as he answered a question about why he thought the Houston County QB chose Georgia during the recruiting process, flipping from the University of Alabama. He said that Jake doesn’t care about the depth chart and that he loves Georgia. Smart talked about how Fromm wanted to be a Bulldog all of his life and how confident he is in himself.
“I don’t think Jake Fromm cares about the depth chart,” Smart said. “So many people think that kids do, but the best quarterbacks that I’ve ever been around are the ones that don’t care. I don’t think he ever cared. He loved Georgia. The kid has loved Georgia since he was growing up and he has wanted to be a Georgia Bulldog all his life, so that is what he chose to do. It didn’t matter who was here. He is pretty confident in himself and the best ones are. That’s what he made the decision based on.”
After the press conference, senior OLB Davin Bellamy and senior WR Javon Wims talked to the media about the young gunslinger and both had nothing but high praise for Fromm. The veteran defender talked about how much Fromm prepares and how he is the real deal.
“If you guys knew how well this guy prepares, as a student of the game, even in the summertime in seven-on-seven,” Bellamy said. “The guy is the real deal.”
Wims mentioned that he noticed Fromm’s talent and abilities back in the spring.
“I saw it in the spring, with the practices leading up,” Wims mentioned. “I thought, okay, this kid might be really good. I think in the spring games, with his throws and his just overall smart, his knowledge of the game.”
Fromm impressed the coaching staff and fellow teammates since he arrived in January. Despite the circumstances, he is the starting quarterback as the team prepares for Notre Dame. The night road game will be the first real challenge, and it’ll be interesting to see how Fromm does under the pressure.
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