SEC Media Days: With unfinished business awaiting this fall, Jake Fromm is all business in Hoover
HOOVER, Ala. — Jake Fromm might be the star of the show on the field in Athens, but those hoping for a star performance from Georgia’s signal-caller during his Tuesday appearance at SEC Media Days were sorely disappointed.
If you are a Georgia fan, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Your quarterback giving his opponents bulletin board material heading into the season could be ill-advised, but considering the Bulldogs’ dominance in recent seasons — Georgia has gone 12-0 against East foes during his tenure as a starter, with an average margin of victory of 25.3 points per game according to SDS’ Connor O’Gara — you would think the Dawgs would have some swag to them entering the 2019 season.
When asked about his team’s success in the East, Fromm offered up this response.
“Every single game, week in and week out, it’s tough,” Fromm said. “It may not look like it on paper, but for us upfront in trenches, it’s a really tough football game. For us, it starts with how we can prepare and perform, week in and week out.”
If Georgia has some swagger entering the season, it wasn’t on display Tuesday. These Dawgs, and Fromm in particular, didn’t bite at any possible talking points.
Monday, quarterbacks Joe Burrow, Feleipe Franks and Kelly Bryant showed off their personality, seamlessly mixing moxie and team talking points.
Fromm spent much of his time at the podium dodging specific questions about rivals, Florida, Alabama, etc. About the only time Fromm veered off the prepared one-game-at-a-time script was when he complimented Burrow’s toughness and willingness to compete.
The contrast in Fromm’s delivery was stark and intentional, more coach-speak than charismatic. Perfectly boring. Which is exactly what Georgia wants. Create headlines in Atlanta in December, not Hoover in July.
While Dan Mullen and the Gators have been talking a big game this offseason, Kirby Smart and his program are on a mission to keep quiet and let their play do the talking. We won’t know which strategy will work best until the first weekend of November, but it’s clear each program is taking cues from their head coaches.
Fromm made that very clear when asked about his time off this summer. After making headlines several times last summer, this summer was all about staying out of the headlines.
“I’m still having fun with my friends,” Fromm said. “Really just trying to stay on the down-low, not trying to trend on Twitter any time soon with any fish hooks. Just trying to stay safe, that’s all I can do. Be as safe as I can and help this team this summer.”
Georgia fans will likely applaud that move, but fans of “talkin’ season” are left wondering what the Bulldogs actually think about the upcoming season after keeping things so close to the vest.