Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart- ‘Jake Fromm Is One Play Away From Playing’
On Saturday, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart discussed the quarterback battle between Jacob Eason and Jake Fromm.
There has been much speculation on campus as to the possibility of Georgia redshirting heralded freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. Fromm, the five-star recruit from Houston County, enrolled in Athens early and participated in spring practice.
With the likelihood of starting quarterback Jacob Eason departing for the NFL after his junior year, in many circles, redshirting Fromm makes sense. He would have two years in the Georgia system with the potential of being the Georgia starting quarterback for three years. With the return of fifth-year senior Brice Ramsey, Georgia would have an experienced signal caller to take over the reins in case Eason was unable to play.
However, during Kirby Smart’s Saturday press conference, it appears he has no preordained fate for Fromm. When asked about the redshirt possibility, Smart commented, “I don’t know that you even think about that right now. You have to let things happen as they happen. It is not a conversation where you go in and say, ‘ok, what do we have to do to let Jake Fromm redshirt; what do we have to do to make Jake Fromm play?’ That is not the consideration. The consideration is we have to develop Jake Fromm as fast as possible because, as of today, he is one play away from playing. We don’t think like that. We don’t think ‘oh, we are going to redshirt this guy.’ I don’t think that is the way to really look at it. I think it is a lot more of can Jake continue to grow at the rate he is growing? Can he make the throws and make the decisions we want him to make? Can he run the offense, can he execute the offense, can he lead the offense the right way? If he continues to do those things, he is competing for everything, if not just for who is the backup, who is the third, are we redshirting him? We don’t really get into that analyzation. We look at it as what’s going to give us the best to have him ready to play the first game.”