Keep calm and throw.

One impressive thing about Jake Fromm’s freshman season is that, even though it’s a priority for Georgia to establish the run game to take pressure off Fromm throwing the ball, he’s damned good at handling pressure when it comes.

I mean, when you’re doing anything better than Baker Mayfield, that’s something.

Imagine what he’ll be like with another year under his belt.

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30 responses to “Keep calm and throw.

  1. Spike

    What sayeth you Jacob Eason?

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  2. Hobnail_Boot

    Senator-

    I realize that I only pay $free.99 to read your site, but the ad loading and slowed down commenting has made it almost painful at times to navigate.

    Thanks for listening.

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  3. Dog in Fla

    Sure, that’s above and beyond but we won’t really know until we get the 2018 G-Day QBRs

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  4. The Truth

    This is just a gut feeling, not intended to kick the hornet’s nest for the heck of it, but I think Fields may beat Fromm out. If not, that’s OK. And if Eason were to stay and beat both of them out, I wouldn’t have a problem with that either. I’m good with an embarrassment of riches. I just want the guy who’s going to give us the best chance to win (and win big).

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    • I know they’ve done well with Fromm, but the idea of UGA starting a true freshman quarterback three straight seasons doesn’t exactly give me the warm and fuzzies.

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      • I agree. If Fields is the real deal, bring him in and platoon a la Shockley.

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        • Macallanlover

          Yeah, I was thinking of a combo of the two the first season, which would be mandatory if Eason bolts. I don’t want it “pre-scheduled” like it seemed to be with Greene and Shock, just switch it up when needed, or it seems right for the defense we are playing. No preset percentages trying to be balanced each game. It could be a nightmare for DCs preparing for UGA.

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          • Mayor

            What’s that saying? “A team that has two quarterbacks doesn’t really have any.” There is a reason why that saying exists.

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            • Macallanlover

              Sorry, absolute rules about what you can, or cannot, do in sports do not impress me. Game is changing podner, running backs are actually taking direct snaps (often), even with clubs having a “traditional” offense. I have seen it myself.

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          • SlobberKnocker

            Sorry but, what do you mean with IF Eason bolts? IMO, there is no doubt he is gone. If you’re him, what would you do? He’s already lost his job and now he sees the #1 QB in the country coming, and one with a totally different skill set than his and the guy that already beat him out?

            If I were him, I’m certainly headed to a place that promises playing time and a path to the NFL. Staying here does nothing for him.

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            • Macallanlover

              Well, I am not saying I wouldn’t if I were him, but we don’t see/hear all that he does. I would say it is pretty certain but just don’t know enough to say it is a done deal, so I say “if” he bolts. If it is true he is a lock for a high draft choice, I would go to Eastern Washington (or whatever 1AA that fits his needs best), not sit out a year, and play immediately. Then go into the 2019 NFL draft. Why sit out another year, after missing this one?

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  5. TN Dawg

    With the offense we are running, it makes more sense to bring Fields in and start him right away.

    We are transitioning, after a decade or so, into a college offense. What percentage of passes is Hurts throwing to the tight ends? What is his QBR under pressure?

    No one knows or cares. If you don’t like “run the ball and play defense”, watch PAC-12 football.

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  6. 1smartdude

    Fields will not beat out Fromm. Nor will Eason. My money says Eason is gone and Fields, while a good running QB, doesn’t have the passing qualities that Fromm does. The Senator is also spot on, no way does UGA limit it’s self again next year by starting another freshman, unless the injury bug shows back up. Fromm has the tools to get the job done, the bigger question is can we develop his full potential?

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    • Satowndawg

      Stereotype much?? To say fields is more of a running quarterback and doesn’t have the passing abilities of fromm is laughable..

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      • dawgfan

        Fields doesn’t have near the passing resume or experience that Fromm or Eason has. That being said, good luck to him because competition makes everybody better.

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      • 1smartdude

        I’ve watched Fields in person several times. He’s a big kid and runs the ball well but he’ll have a long way to go to reach the passing level of Fromm. I don’t see him having the on the field leadership that Fromm has shown either. At least not as a true freshman.

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    • Macallanlover

      I don’t think there is anyway to know what you predict in advance. Let’s get Fields on campus and see how he handles himself in practices and the coaches (and new OC) can determine the best way to handle two top flight options that may have different skill sets.

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      • dawgtired

        “…determine the best way to handle two top flight options …”

        Agree with this. I know most coaches will stick with one QB, but I see a scenario where both could be utilized if both are playing well. With Fields on board I don’t see a need for a RB running the ‘wild dawg’. So, there are several plays where Fields will benefit us even if he doesn’t take over the reins. I think it will take some time for Fields to beat out Fromm, maybe mid-season or his 2nd year…IF it happens at all. I would hate to see a player like Fromm (or Fields) spend the rest of his time at UGA on the bench…or transfer. I would love to see both players get quality PT throughout their college years.

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        • 1smartdude

          Situational things with him at QB is fine but when you start talking about creating game plans so that both can play, you’re asking for trouble. You need to decide what kind of offense you’re going to run and be the best you can at it, rather than trying to be the best at two different styles. You might be OK running both but if you want to be elite, you better decide who you are.

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    • I don’t believe Fields is an early entrant … therefore, no way he starts as a freshman unless Fromm flames out and Eason leaves.

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      • Macallanlover

        It does seem he is planning on playing baseball in HS this coming spring. If so, that will delay his readiness for next fall despite his talent. I don’t really understand the baseball thing unless he has an interest in pursuing the baseball draft. The only thing I have heard is he is not considered a high round draft player at this point. If that is true, why not come on in and maximize his football potential? Something doesn’t sound right about this and could leave us behind where we started 2017 at QB.

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  7. Russ

    “Imagine what he’ll be like next year”. You mean as a backup to Fields?

    😉

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    • Aubrey E Walker

      The game that I saw Fields play I was not impressed. He was as big and for the most part weighed as much as the defensive players he was competing against. Just my opinion but he was at best average and at the next level keep in mind that big linebackers will have as much speed as he does. And by the way he broke his own finger by diving into the end zone. But who knows may be the next coming of T Brady or P Manning but does he have the leadership abilities of Fromm that’s is the biggest ??!!!!

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  8. Got Cowdog

    Hmm. Looked at the comments. Screw it, I’m going back to the hate week post.

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  9. ViewsfromtheSouth

    I wouldn’t discredit Fields as a throwing QB. Yes, he’s more known for what he does on the ground, but he has a gun of a arm, better than Fromm. He’s a lot further along then what a lot of young running QBs are as a passer.

    (Not that Fromm’s arm is bad, but still)

    That said unless we have an injury again, we should see continuity for next year. Let Fromm improve on what he can do, he’s already good at the pre-reads and directing traffic, if he adds on doing progressions even more than he does that will be really nice. But it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Fields is ready to start after a season. He is that good. It’ll be a tough decision.

    But for now, I wouldn’t redshirt him (even if Eason stays) and would mainly use him in running package situations.

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    Fromm is onehelluva competitor and leader. We’re in terrific shape at QB for the next 3 years.

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  11. CPark58

    Jeebus, we are about to watch game 12 of one of the best seasons in program history, one lead by a remarkable true freshman quarterback, and we are actually discussing him being supplanted by another true freshman? UGA fans deserve everything we get.

    QB ain’t RB, there is a ton to digest in year 1 to even be acceptable, much less a star. If Fields is smart, which by all accounts he is, he will be perfectly fine with redshirting next year to learn the system and let the coaches learn him to add wrinkles to the offense for his skill set.

    Can you imagine having Aaron Murray as a Junior running an offense with 4 years of top 3 recruiting classes and then a RS Freshman Deshaun Watson come off the bench situationally to give a completely new look? If UGA fans were smart, this would be he only situation they would want. If only.

    Barring injury or complete bust(which IS a possibility), UGA appears to be set at QB for the next 4-5 years. Even with former #1 Eason leaving. Bask in it.

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    • ViewsfromtheSouth

      I’m not saying he should supplant, he shouldn’t, but redshirtting any top caliber talent is a mistake today, end of the story.

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