Jake Fromm was outstanding in 2017. Here are 3 ways he can be even better in 2018
When Jacob Eason went down with a leg injury in Week 1, Georgia turned to true freshman Jake Fromm.
By now you know that the Dawgs never turned back, riding Fromm all the way to the National Championship Game.
Now, Eason is transferring and Fromm is the starter heading into 2018 (though No. 2 overall 2018 player Justin Fields will be pushing him this spring and summer). Even after a fantastic 2017 campaign, Fromm will need to improve next year if he hopes to keep his job.
Fields is a natural dual-threat quarterback, and though Fromm can run, it’s not his preferred mode of moving the chains. Therefore, he needs to improve with his arm if he’s going to hold off the talented freshman.
Here are three ways Fromm can ensure he remains the Bulldogs’ starter throughout the 2018 season:
1. Work his running backs and tight ends into the mix
Freshman D’Andre Swift had 17 catches for 153 yards and a touchdown out of the backfield, but the other Georgia running backs accounted for only 16 catches, 131 yards and one score.
The tight ends didn’t fare much better, with sophomore Isaac Nauta leading the way with nine catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns.
Heading into 2018, Swift will be the man at running back position, but he alone can’t offset the loss of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb. Therefore, the Dawgs will need to get more creative with their passing game, so Fromm will need to find more ways to get the ball to Swift and Nauta, who had a far better freshman season (29 catches, 361 yards and 3 TDs) with Eason under center.
2. Maintain accuracy while throwing a lot more
Fromm connected on 62.2 percent of his passes. That was good for 35th in the country, tied with South Carolina’s Jake Bentley.
However, Fromm also threw less often than most of the other passers on the list, by virtue of having such a strong running game. And, as his opponents will tell you, a lot of those completions were “simple passes.”
He’ll be counted on to make more plays with his arm in 2018, and since he’ll be throwing more, it’ll be important for him to continue connecting at a high rate. If he can do that, the Georgia offense can evolve into a more versatile unit, which will only make it more dangerous for opposing defenses.
3. Spread the ball around more
Fromm relied heavily on senior WR Javon Wims and junior Terry Godwin, who combined for 83 catches, 1,359 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2018.
Wims, obviously, won’t be back, but Godwin will be and he could step into the starring role. Riley Ridley is ready to have a big year after a huge performance in the National Championship Game and deserves more touches.
Then there’s Mecole Hardman and the aforementioned Nauta and Swift. If Fromm can get more receivers the ball more often, Georgia’s offense will be much more difficult to defend.
It’ll be interesting to see how offensive coordinator Jim Chaney dials up plays next year, but he’ll have plenty of options for Fromm in 2018 and beyond. If he plays his cards right, the Bulldogs could be even more dangerous offensively next year than they were in 2017.