“He cares about Georgia.”

I don’t claim to know how things will shake out at quarterback behind Jacob Eason, but there was one benefit from Brice Ramsey’s journey off and back on the roster this spring.

Since Ramsey wasn’t with the program during the spring — although he did help out as a student assistant — freshman early enrollee Jake Fromm took all of the reps with the second string.

As an early enrollee, that was really a fortunate development for both Fromm and the coaches, and it leaves the team in a better position than it might have been when August camp starts.

Ramsey and Fromm figure to compete for second-string reps in August when preseason practice begins.

That stated, Smart doesn’t think Ramsey’s return changes how the coaching staff is approaching Fromm, considering Georgia theoretically could now have the opportunity to redshirt the Houston County product.

“I don’t think so. There will be good competition,” Smart said. “The good thing about the way we practice is all of them get reps. He’ll continue to get reps and all of those guys will rotate. It was hard for us to get quarterbacks in the spring. Now we have enough quarterbacks to get reps.”

There will be good competition beccause Fromm is farther along than he would have been had he been sharing reps with Ramsey in spring practice.  If he manages to avoid taking the redshirt this year, that’s likely to be the biggest reason why.

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  1. Macallanlover

    I like Ramsey as a DGD, happy he chose to stay in Athens to make whatever contribution he can to the team, and wish him well in his future life, whether football related, or not. That said, there is no reason to consider him as a QB that should take significant snaps from either Eason or Fromm….none. If he was to be the QB at UGA, and couldn’t win the job in 2015, or 2016 with the level of QB play we saw, why in the hell would we consider him a potential player at QB now? We have 2 five star QBs on campus with multiple years of eligibility left, he has one left—this guy who didn’t take the job in two bad QB years and didn’t participate in Spring football. Sorry, emergency QB only, possible punting duties, and help the two QBs that are younger than him as much as he can. Virtually all reps should go to the 2 QBs we need to put this offense in another gear. IMO, to do otherwise would be negligent on the part of the staff.

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    • Question is whether you want to redshirt Fromm. If you do, then, yes, technically, Ramsey will be taking snaps away from Fromm.

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      • Macallanlover

        And I emphatically say no, you do not red shirt Fromm. Red shirting is a declining concept, utilized for those who cannot perform at the current time. No indication Fromm is incapable of contributing, and we have a QB who struggled last year, and is regarded as mid-tier in the SEC. We need this season to be successful really badly as we come off a disappointing year.

        Programs that red shirt players to get class separation are going to run future recruits away. The number of talented players who are required to sit a year for program purposes are few these days. We would be one play from going to Ramsey from Eason while skipping over Fromm? That makes no sense to me, get your talent ready to step in and play.

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        • I understand your perspective. If Fromm doesn’t need to play significant snaps, why would you waste a year of eligibility having him hand off at the end of games to run the clock out or run on for a play or two because Eason get his helmet knocked off? If Eason is ineffective or gets hurt for an extended period, you play Fromm. Otherwise, I want a 4th year junior or 5th year senior Fromm over a true freshman.

          QB is a different position. There’s only one on the field at a time. You do have to take class separation into account when you manage the roster. I personally think Fromm would be better following in the steps of David Greene and Aaron Murray than struggling as a true freshman as Stafford and Eason both did.

          If Fromm beats Eason out, he plays. If not, I would suggest he sits until he is needed to play meaningful snaps.

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          • Macallanlover

            Respectively disagree. I am not talking about a helmet coming off and a one play absence, I am saying you have to have a “next man up” mentality and have Fromm ready in case Eason 1) goes down for a couple of weeks with an ankle, or knee or 2) cannot get the job done (as in SC last year. Imagine that Eason is injured before Florida and we have both Florida and Auburn coming up with our season on the line, I want Fromm to have seen action against Appy, Samford, and others before pulling the cape off and trotting in for his first play. This guy is a 5 star (unlikely to fail) athlete who has shown he can compete, if we had no plans to play him for two years, we shouldn’t have recruited him, imo. Having him sitting also can hurt recruiting, in addition to jeopardizing our hopes for a title.

            I will have even more serious concerns about a staff that is willing to gamble this season’s results under the hopes of some possible value in the future. They didn’t stop making excellent QBs after we landed Eason and Fromm, there will be more. Use all your ammunition until the job is completed, and 2017 is Job 1.

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            • I can see what you’re saying. I also maintain Fromm is going to be a better player as a junior or senior and give the team a better chance to win then than as a true freshman now. If Fromm has to play meaningful snaps as a starter this year for whatever reason, I can already hear Jeff Dantzler’s comment of 2017 as a throwaway season. That’s not meant as a knock on Fromm. That’s just being honest. Eason and Fromm are exactly why Trevor Lawrence is headed to the cesspool on the banks of Lake Hartwell.

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              • Got Cowdog

                I remember JT3, Joe, Hutson. All DGD’s no doubt but maybe not top tier SEC caliber. I like where we are headed, I would love to see Fromm redshirt. The article posted earlier about the Auburn OT was eye opening about giving a player time to develop. Mac is right, redshirting is on the decline, but the O-line and QB positions will always benefit from an extra year in the program. If possible, of course. Necessity is a mother.

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                • Macallanlover

                  I see the OL as something that will continue but the rise of success from freshmen QBs is saying something different. Certainly more difficult with pro-style guys but Fromm is way ahead of where Eason was last spring, and he didn’t come to carry a clip board. If Eason has not proved significantly in seeing the field, and corrected his mis-throws, there is no way KS should keep him on the bench. His time as a HC and being able to build a winner depends on him not being afraid to give a highly thought of 5 star a chance if his other guy isn’t developing at a rapid pace. We have two 5 star QBs, we simply cannot have another offensive failure while one sits. And now we are after another top QB? Why, and why would he come?

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                  • Oh I don’t know… maybe you should ask Alabama. They have quite a few 5 stars that sit out their freshman year. From what I’ve heard anyway. And it seems that the 5 stars keep heading to Alabama. Weird.

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                    • Macallanlover

                      Well, excuse me if I doubt we are viewed the same way as Bama by 5 star recruits. We have a somewhat lesser record of accomplishments, a a new, unproven coach, and an OC who is more than questionable. And, I would say there seems to be a trend of less willingness for these guys to sit and wait while others get their chance in recent years.

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                  • Got Cowdog

                    Don’t know, Mac. Unless UGA is becoming quarterback U as well as tailback U. #27 and #1 stayed for a reason. I like to think they know something we don’t. Fromm came behind Eason knowing he was the starter. A whole bunch of ranked recruits bought into what Kirby was selling, too.

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    • HVL Dawg

      Ramsey is a live arm to develop the 3rd string receivers- which is an important contribution. Depth is good.

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  2. The Dawg abides

    I’d like to see him be the full time holder on kicks after what he did in the bowl game. I’d also like to see some creative punt team packages with Ramsey. Anytime we have fourth and short, he could come in the game and line up under center or in shotgun, then run a play, or shift into punt formation and kick it away. That would keep a team in punt safe, nullifying a good return, or cause a lot of time outs.

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    • 69Dawg

      Great ideas and something our coaches will surely ignore. It’s the Georgia Way.

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      • Uglydawg

        The quick kick on third and long is one of the best and most under utilized plays in the book..in fact it probably isn’t in Georgia’s book.

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    • He should be the holder. If he isn’t, Shane Beamer is an idiot. You ask for trouble when you put your starting QB on the field as the holder.

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      • Macallanlover

        Totally agree. If Eason is the holder on a single place kick again this year we should all unanimously call for someone’s head.

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