“… What’s going to happen at Georgia, you’ve got a guy in Jake Fromm who led them to the National Championship. They were inches away from winning it with a true freshman quarterback, and that kid has the it factor. You can maybe find a taller guy or a faster guy or a guy with a stronger arm, but as far as an it factor, Jake Fromm has that. And if you’re going to put in Justin Fields, you’d better be very, very careful with how you put him in and when you put him in because I would not want to mess with Jake Fromm, who was kind of the leader of that team and did great things for them.”
Fromm impressed Smart and teammates with his poise and leadership in the huddle as a freshman. Left tackle Ben Cleveland says Fromm has even more composure entering his second season.
“He’s got more confidence than anybody I’ve ever seen at the quarterback position,” Cleveland said after Friday’s practice. “He’s very vocal, knows all the checks and he knows what needs to be done. Our whole offensive line has faith in him to make the right calls and get us to where we need to be.”
And my favorite comment:
“You can tell he’s maturing. He came in, he might have had some troubles with the calls and everything but you can tell he’s more comfortable in the backfield,” junior wide receiver Tyler Simmons said of Fromm. “He’s getting everybody else lined up. He’s like the Roquan of the offense, that’s how I think of it.”
Our quarterback of the offense is just like our quarterback of the defense was! (Then again, at Georgia, that’s a pretty serious compliment.)
Call it the intangibles, if you like, but it’s hard to see how the coaches can ignore the confidence factor in setting the two-deep. Yeah, Kirby’s started himself some true freshman quarterbacks, but that was more out of necessity than anything else. It’s a whole ‘nother ball game when you do it out of choice between two great options.