Kirby Smart reveals how he'll approach Georgia's quarterback situation moving forward
Georgia had a hint of a quarterback controversy heading into the season, but now that Jake Fromm has struggled, it’s beginning to heat up even further.
Bulldogs coached Kirby Smart, however, has remained tight-lipped about the situation following his team’s 36-16 loss at LSU on Oct. 13. When asked if we’ll see more of talented true freshman Justin Fields as the season progresses — and specifically in Saturday’s huge rivalry game against No. 9 Florida — Smart carefully toed the line with his response.
“I think it’s the same message we’ve had all along: We want to play the guy that gives us the best opportunity to be successful,” Smart said. “That comes from a lot of reps in practice, a lot of work in practice. They both got a tremendous amount of work last week, and we’ll continue to make that decision based on what gives us the best opportunity to be successful.”
Fields, a 5-star prospect who 247Sports.com rated as the second-best 2018 recruit in the nation, looked explosive in mostly mop-up duty during the first six weeks of the season. But once Georgia’s game in Baton Rouge began going sideways, fans started clamoring for Fields to take over for Fromm.
But he played only a few snaps, recording one short rush and not even attempting a pass. Fromm, the Bulldogs’ starter on their run to the national championship game a year ago, finished 16 for 34 with 209 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Smart appears hesitant to make any kind of quarterback change, but one could be coming if Fromm struggles again when No. 7 Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) battles with Florida (6-1, 4-1) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday in Jacksonville.