Georgia’s offense isn’t quarterback-centric (13th in the conference in pass attempts), so this probably isn’t getting as much attention as it should be getting:
Through three games this season, Georgia sophomore Jake Fromm is completing 80 percent of his passes, which leads FBS quarterbacks and would surpass the SEC single-season record set by former Kentucky star Tim Couch in 1998.
Georgia freshman Justin Fields, the No. 1 overall player in the 2018 ESPN 300, also has played well in limited action this season, completing 14 of 17 passes for 141 yards with two touchdowns and averaging 9.6 yards per carry.
That translates into passer ratings of 206.60 for Fromm and 191.34 for Fields.
Lot of credit goes to Coley, who’s coaching them up, Chaney, who’s putting them in good positions in games to excel, and, of course, Smart, who’s managing a situation that hasn’t shown a hint of drama so far.
And while something dramatic would have to happen for the pecking order to change, Fields is probably going to see an increased role, as well.
“I’ve been pleased with both guys, and I think both guys are improving,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “Both guys have room for improvement and are continuing to work hard. I think the biggest thing for each one of them is if you can continue to prepare at the highest level so that you’re prepared for every situation you can be presented in a game.”
Fields got his most extensive action in last week’s 49-7 win over Middle Tennessee State. When he replaced Fromm for good in the third quarter, the Bulldogs led 35-7 and had 382 yards of offense. Fields ran for a 15-yard touchdown and threw a 9-yard scoring pass to Jayson Stanley.
Smart had decided last week that Fields would play more against MTSU. He isn’t divulging how much Fields will play going forward, starting with Saturday’s game at Missouri.
“I think he just got more and more comfortable,” Smart said. “I think, early on, he’s a freshman, he’s hyper, he’s excited. He sees things well, can come over and tell you what he saw. That’s important to me, to make sure his eyes are downfield and he’s seeing the right things, and if things break down and if there’s pressure, he can use his feet to create. He does a good job doing that.”
So far, so great.