Jake Fromm dazzles in leading Georgia’s offensive outburst against Vanderbilt
While freshman quarterback Justin Fields has worked his way into meaningful playing time for the second-ranked Georgia Bulldogs with his dynamic skillset, the old guard of sophomore Jake Fromm made a statement on Saturday with one of the best performances of his career.
After an underwhelming performance against Tennessee last week, which saw Fields stand out with two rushing touchdowns, Fromm took his turn and came out firing on Saturday against Vanderbilt. He went 17-for-23 for 276 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers, as he led an explosive Georgia offense to a 41-13 win over the Commodores.
“Jake’s going to be Jake. He’s going to do what he has to do.”
- Lamont Gaillard, Georgia center
Fromm set a new season high in passing yards on Saturday, and averaged 12 yards per attempt as he spread the ball to a variety of playmakers. While Fromm’s numbers looked terrific on Saturday, he credits it all to just getting the ball to the right guys at the right times.
“Guys were clicking and coach was calling it,” Fromm said. “So, it was good to throw the ball around and let those guys make plays. Just get the ball in different guys’ hands. Checking it down to D’Andre [Swift], Elijah [Holyfield] and Brian [Herrien], it’s never a bad play checking the ball down to those guys. So, let those guys rack up the yards and rack up the good plays.”
Fromm helped the Georgia offense get off to a quick start, which was something that the Bulldogs expressed a desire to do throughout the past week. The Bulldogs went three-and-out in their opening drive, but Fromm came right back on the opening play of the second drive.
He hit Terry Godwin for a 75-yard touchdown deep down the middle of the field on a beautifully thrown deep ball to put the Bulldogs up 7-3 in the first quarter. The throw would foreshadow a night in which Fromm hit receivers on all levels, whether it be on checkdowns to running backs, downfield or on intermediate routes. He would go on to throw two more touchdown passes, one to D’Andre Swift on a dump off and one to Riley Ridley from 10 yards out, and lead a Bulldog offense to 560 total yards.
But it was his touch on deep balls that really stood out during his excellent day.
“He’s a very talented guy,” senior tight end Isaac Nauta said. “He’s great at reading coverages. He took a shot there, especially to Terry. It was just a huge play. Just let it rip. He’s just got a knack for that, and he’s got really great touch on the deep ball. It’s just a testament to him being a great player.”
Fromm came into the night as one of the most efficient passers in the SEC. He sported a 72.5 percent completion percentage and averaged 10.2 yards per attempt.
His performance against the Commodores stood out with his eye-popping numbers. But with a closer look, Fromm’s showing on Saturday was much of what he’s done well throughout the season, and it came as no surprise to those that play alongside him.
“Jake’s going to be Jake,” senior center Lamont Gaillard said. “He’s going to do what he has to do. I know he had great mental preparation for this game. He’s a guy who doesn’t like to lose. So, I know he’s definitely going to be prepared every time we play. But he’s definitely doing a great job.”