We all know that Jake Fromm chased off two five-star quarterbacks from Athens. You’d figure something like that might clue people in to his talent level, but we’ve been treated to observations about throwing slant passes and similar nonsense.
This is not said to knock Eason or Fields. (The latter in particular, is having a stellar season and is routinely included in Heisman talk.) But I want to show you a couple of Fromm’s plays from Saturday night and ask a question.
First, here’s his touchdown throw to Cager.
From the pre-snap read through the timing of the throw to putting the ball right on the money, that is spectacular.
All in all, football is a game of inches and milliseconds. This entire play happens in the span of 2 and a half seconds. Jake Fromm is an elite quarterback from coverage recognition to pinpoint accuracy. The right call was made on defense, the players were in the right position, but sometimes there is no defense for a perfect throw.
Brian Kelly’s body language says it all there.
Then there’s Georgia’s last pass from scrimmage in the game.
It wasn’t completed, but look what else happened: Fromm dropped the ball after receiving the snap, didn’t get flustered, knew he still had his protection, knew where he wanted to go with the throw and tosses it 40 yards on a rope despite not being able to get all his usual mechanics in place. To have the presence of mind to pull all of that together is pretty special.
The ease of it was even more striking, watching it unfold in front of me live, than it appears on the broadcast.
My question is this: taking off your red and black spectacles for a second, do you think either Eason or Fields could make both of those throws? Honestly, I don’t see it.