Georgia has eight returning starters on offense, including sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason, who Smart clearly has stated heads a depth chart that includes touted freshman Jake Fromm.
“We’ll continue down the road that we went through this spring,” said Smart, who was a recent guest of “Press Row” on Chattanooga’s ESPN 105.1 FM. “Both of those guys got reps, with Jacob working with the ones primarily. He had a lot of success moving the ball. Jake Fromm did a good job with the twos, and the good news is we’re going to find out more about Jake, because he is going to be playing against a better No. 2 defense.
“We had no scholarship DBs at the (second-team) corners in the spring after Mecole Hardman moved over to receiver. Now Jake will be going up against four or five really good freshmen in the secondary who should create a better competition there. We’ll see how Jake does with that.”
Considering that he was only a couple of months out of high school, I liked what I saw from Fromm in the D-Day game. But he probably felt pretty comfortable against the opposition that day.
For example, dial this clip up to the 21-minute mark and watch Fromm’s touchdown pass to Simmons.
The announcer is as surprised as anyone that a ball he characterizes as something that Fromm “just threw it up” winds up being a long score. The point is that against a competent SEC defensive back, it never would have been. And against an above-average defender, it would have been picked off.