Will Muschamp, just on the receiving end of that approach, has nothing but good things to say about Georgia’s freshman quarterback. Especially his smarts:
Yet in Georgia’s first two possessions last Saturday, which consisted of 21 plays for 136 yards, Fromm threw nine times and left Muschamp just as marveled by the quarterback’s intelligence as his talents.
“You’ve got to make extremely quick decisions with the ball in your hand as far as handing it off, pulling the ball or making an accurate throw in tight space while a receiver is running,” Muschamp said. “It’s extremely difficult, and I thought he really managed those first two drives, because he took their offense down the field primarily throwing RPOs. We were obviously committed to stopping the run, which left some one-on-ones, and he was very accurate with the football.
“You’ve got to tip your hat to him on that.”
You can pick your poison as a defensive coordinator, but Chaney’s done a good job as the season’s progressed of taking what defenses are offering his offense. The RPOs have obviously been a significant component of that success.
As I’ve noted, one of Fromm’s strengths is his acuity making pre-snap reads. Can Auburn pull off enough trickeration after his read to affect Fromm’s play? Fromm has certainly had those occasional moments from week to week where he reminds us he’s still learning; South Carolina had a couple of opportunities to pick off passes when the defensive backs shifted to press coverage at the snap.
Still, he’s been sharp enough all season long.
“I think playing in that Notre Dame environment was really good for him because that was one of the tougher environments,” Smart said. “Early in the Tennessee game was that way. He continues to improve each day, and this will be another tough environment. He has to make good decisions. He has to execute the plan. He has to be able to give the playmakers the ball.
“As long as he does those things and makes good decisions, we are a pretty good football team.”
Should make for an interesting chess match.