Gators Notebook: Defending Georgia's QBs, Steady McPherson, More Tidbits
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm took over the starting job in the second game of the 2017 season and didn’t blink, leading the Bulldogs to an SEC Championship and nearly a national championship.
In 2018, Fromm has been steady if not spectacular, throwing for 1,409 yards with 13 touchdowns and four interceptions. He is second in the conference with a 66.9 completion percentage.
However, modern college football is all about the newer and shinier toy, at least in fans’ minds. Last year, that was Fromm. This year, it’s freshman Justin Fields. Fields was the No. 1 overall recruit in the country and chose UGA over basically every other school in the country. He’s played sparingly in mostly a read-option package so far, attempting just 25 passes.
With two weeks to prepare for Saturday’s showdown in Jacksonville and Fromm’s struggles in an Oct. 13 loss to LSU (16-for-34, 209 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs), there’s been speculation that Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC) head coach Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney might expand Fields’ role against the No. 9 Gators (6-1, 4-1).
“If we get more of him in the game, obviously it’s a little different player than Fromm in what he does