“Jake’s already comfortable making checks.”

I don’t know if Jake Fromm is as precocious as his teammates are making him out to be…

“He’s been out there making his own checks since the first day he’s been here,” fullback Christian Payne said. “He already knows the whole offense. That’s a special kind of guy you don’t see a lot of.

“He can definitely make all the checks, all the alerts, everything like that.”

… but I love that they’re planting that idea out there for Notre Dame to ponder as it gameplans.

“He’s been comfortable since the day he got here, trusting his eyes and seeing what he sees. If he sees a safety rotation he’s going to check it. And I think he’s very comfortable with making those calls…”

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46 responses to ““Jake’s already comfortable making checks.”

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    If I recall, Fromm was a 4.0 student in HS and apparently has quite the photographic memory. So I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if he has the playbook memorized. ND probably realizes this as well, but even if it’s a bluff, hopefully it will give them some pause.

    Regardless, I expect ND to stack the box and make Fromm best them. With that said, my ideal scenario would be for UGA to come out and throw the ball all over the place with success, thus softening up the D and getting a lead. Then, as the game progresses, rely on the ground game to wear them down with an occasional deep throw off play action.

    If we come out and try to pound the ball against a 8-9 man box, I’ll be ticked as we have tons if talent at WR with a more than capable QB.

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    • dawgtired

      “If we come out and try to pound the ball against a 8-9 man box”

      Many will be angry as this would show Kirby/Chaney learned nothing from last season. Early success in the passing game would go a long way to helping the OL and RBs. Back those safeties out to the box and force them to play over the top.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        Yep, and here’s the thing – we don’t have to necessary throw the deep ball, but seam routes, over the middle completions to our very talented TE’s, quick outs to our speedy and talented RB’s/WR’s, and other higher completion % throws is all it really takes to keep them honest. Sure, you need to at least occasionally test them deep to keep the safety’s back, but it’s not like you have to bomb it on every pass to get some guys out of the box to open up your run game.

        Especially considering ND’s glaring weakness is in their secondary, particularly at the safety spot, it would be utterly dumb to play it ultra conservative and pound the rock against a stacked box play after play.

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        • ASEF

          Underneath and over the middle passing game: it’s a turn-over machine with inexperienced players. Slightly wrong routes turn into interceptions. Bobbled catches turn in into interceptions. Receivers get whacked from unexpected directions, causing fumbles. Coaches hate throwing there, especially with inexperienced QBs in big games. Chaney might go there later in the game, but I doubt Smart wants to risk early turnovers, and I expect Chaney will play call accordingly.

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          • dawgtired

            “Underneath and over the middle passing game: it’s a turn-over machine with inexperienced players.”

            …but a play action fake to Chubb and quick toss to Nauta on the seam should be deadly 😉

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          • Greg

            Bet that is exactly where we go initially….thinks they have that kind of confidence in him.

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    • junkyardawg41

      I completely agree ND is going to follow the game plan that almost all teams used after the UNC game last year. Stack the box, twist and stunt, zone dawgs and fire blitz’s. Tight man to man to start the game.
      The success or failure of the offense in this game boils down to Fromm being accurate in the short-mid range throws. Hitting the check downs and keeping the offense efficient and on schedule. 2nd and 5 or 6 you won’t see 9 men in the box (unless we line up 10 guys in the tackle box).
      Opens the playbook and starts the “Move, and counter move” sequence of good football.

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    • AusDawg85

      If our opening play is that same off-tackle dive play to Chubb, my TV is not likely to make it to the next play.

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  2. Starbreaker

    While this totally aligns with what we heard from the Army All-American game coaches and sounds awesome, I will wait before getting my hopes up that this is the case until I see it in action. Just keep reminding myself he’s a true freshman and to be realistic…even if he DOES know the playbook inside and out, executing it live in a hostile environment is another story. Definitely pulling for the kid both as a Dawg and for him personally as he seems like a good kid who is working his tail off.

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  3. Rocketdawg

    This is either some serious smoke blowing or Fromm is the second coming of Joe Montana.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Joe Montana wears Jake Fromm pajamas.

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      • Macallanlover

        Jake Fromm State Farm wears khakis, not pajamas. Get it right. See his Mom’s tweet with the #11 UGA Jersey with “khakis” in the player name position? Mama be with cool and hot at the same time!

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        • Uglydawg

          Very clever, Mac..I see what you did there. Any ND fan reading this blog will deduce that “He sounds hideous”.

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        • Got Cowdog

          Easy Mac. I didn’t say JFSF wears jammies, I said Joe Montana does. I have no Idea what JFSF dons for sleep, but I’m guessing 90% or better of the co-ed populace at UGA would like to find out.

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  4. Rp

    Kirby planting stories in the media for the ND staff to ponder. He’s even got the App State coach in on the counter-intel operation. Well done.

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  5. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    I just hope he doesn’t write checks that his body can’t cash.

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    • dawgtired

      This game could go either way for Fromm. This is a stage he will remember for ever…good or bad. Obviously I want him to do well because I want the Dawgs to win…but I really want this for the kid. It could come together for him and he would feel like a hero. I don’t know him personally but he seems like a good young man. I would like to see him make an awesome memory for himself and the Dawg Nation.

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      • 92 grad

        No doubt. When I was a frosh I was happy as I could be being a trumpet player in the redcoats where I could go to all the games. I can’t imagine how proud Jake Fromm state farmmm’s parents are.

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  6. Yurdle

    Fromm is better then a senior. He knows literally everything. Tom Brady took QB lessons from him. Jake Fromm would have run the all in the Super Bowl. He plays the minute waltz in 29 seconds. In short, he is almost as mythical as Notre Dame.

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  7. Uglydawg

    Honestly, I feel good about Fromm and this game..as usual, everything ultimately hinges on the O line…If we can run, we’ll be OK.

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  8. Jack Burton

    A gameplan much like Ok St 07 would be very pleasing.

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  9. Hobnail_Boot

    ..but Sam Coleman told Wingnut that he only knows “maybe 50%” of the playbook.

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  10. Bob

    So let me see if I’ve got this right…last spring it was noted that Jake Fromm had enrolled early at UGA and had a complete grasp of the UGA Offensive playbook before beginning spring practice. Now that he is about to start vs.ND his UGA teammates are “planting” the idea/line that he (Fromm) is “already making checks,etc.”
    Wow! That makes Kirby the new “Evil Genius”. Diabolical!!
    Wonder if he had Eason fake the injury too to carry out this brilliant plan?

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  11. Gaskilldawg

    Hate to be the contrarian, but I expect that the best opening series is to try to run at ND to see if we can handle ND’s front seven. We want to know if we can do what we want to do.

    We then call plays with an understanding of what we know we can do and not do.

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    • 92 grad

      Yeah, but in big games it takes 2 or 3 possessions to know how it’s going to go. I hope Chaney is patient and smart enough to play the long game.

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  12. Greg

    Yep….and the “idea” could be true.

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  13. Raleighwood Dawg

    Me reading all of these comments are like … “these pretzels are making me thirsty” for Saturday’s game!

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