Three things that matter from from the 2019 Georgia spring football game.
Uhhhhhh, Jake Fromm … ?
We all know that Fromm is an NFL caliber quarterback who’s going to be more than fine. Considering the last time we saw him and the Bulldogs was against Texas in the Sugar Bowl loss – he wasn’t all that bad and mounted a solid comeback – a big performance would’ve been nice. Instead, he threw an early interception for a touchdown – not exactly his fault, though – and he sputtered to a 14-of-29 performance for 116 yards and a touchdown.
With Justin Fields off to Ohio State – and struggling, at least in the Buckeye spring game – it’s Fromm’s gig now without any looking over his shoulder. The Bulldogs still ended a No. 2 guy.
Freshman D’Wan Mathis wasn’t perfect, and he held on to the ball a bit too much, but he was a good enough 15-of-28 for 113 yards with a pick. He still needs a whole lot of work and reps, and Stetson Bennett did a nice job with the ones, but the backup situation is hardly cause for alarm.
And neither is the Fromm performance. Yet.
The running backs are about to be the stars … or at least a bigger part of the O
New offensive coordinator James Coley didn’t exactly unleash the fury, but a one key thing came out of the scrimmage.
The running backs are going to be a bigger all-around part of the attack.
It’s not like the backs weren’t involved in the passing game last season – D’Andre Swift caught 32 passes – but for the most part, the wide receivers did most of the heavy lifting. Of course that will be the case again, but the spring game showed off a bit more of the running backs doing a whole lot more.
Brian Herrien caught just eight passes all of last year, but rose up and caught three passes for 50 yards and a score to go along with his 25 rushing yards.
The backup running backs caught passes, too, with KJ McCoy and James Cook combining for four grabs, and Swift was Swift, with three catches for 17 yards in a limited role.
It’s just a spring game, but …
– Yeah, Fromm might have struggled a bit, but the Georgia defense had a whole lot to do with that. Rising playmaker Eric Stokes was the one who came up with the pick six, and Mark Webb made three tackles with three broken up passes. On the other side …
– The Black team defense had a few big moments with six sacks spread across the board and with a few nice plays from the secondary. There might not be a whole lot of national household names, but this is going to be a very deep, really good defense.
– The top three non-running back receivers from last season are gone – its part of the reason why the running backs are going to be a big part of the Coley short-range passing game. However, leading returning wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman caught a big touchdown pass from Stetson Bennett, and TE Charlie Woerner made a Red Team-high five catches for 44 yards.