Jake Fromm is the Worst Big-Game Quarterback at Georgia Since the Jim Donnan Era
I turned 31 last week. Tough pill to swallow. Every year I feel a little bit older, but the LSU game really aged me. You see, I’m old enough to remember when Georgia was a nationally relevant football program. I’m something of a dying breed in that regard.
Kirby Smart, so it seems, has ruined Georgia football. Even among his true peers – programs who have changed coaches recently – he looks bad. He’s lost to Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida and now LSU in his incredibly brief tenure. Not exactly a murderer’s row of quality opposition.
Frankly, the state of Georgia football is so dire heading into the annual tilt with Florida in Jacksonville that I can’t in good conscience preview the game itself. We already know how that’s going to end up. In lieu of a preview and a prediction, here’s a step-back look at the season so far.
Over the next few days I’m going to power rank the worst parts of the 2018 Georgia Bulldogs. As a word of disclaimer, Kirby Smart is clearly the worst facet of this program. As such, you could list him in every single one of these spots. But these are the single components that have been most disappointing thus far. Yesterday, I addressed Georgia’s deficiencies in the running game and the team’s Special Teams woes. Now let’s discuss the Passing Game.
Because I’m such a nice, level-headed analyst I’m not going to mention how bad Jake Fromm was against LSU. I refuse to dwell on the fact that he completed 47% of his passes, threw twice as many INTs as TDs and got sacked eleventy squillion times. But I will focus on his season-long struggles.
Through seven games, Fromm is barely throwing for more than 200 yards per contest. Georgia has locked in a bowl bid (can’t wait to visit lovely Memphis, TN for the Liberty Bowl this December!), so Georgia will get 13 games this season. If he maintains his blistering pace for six more games, Fromm will pass for 2,617 yards this year—that’s 201.3 yards per start. If you’re disappointed in that tally coming from a guy who will end this season with 27 career starts, you should be. That’s worse than what Jacob Eason threw for on a per-start basis as a true freshman back in 2016. (As a reminder, Kirby ran Eason off in favor of Fromm.) This is Gresyon Lambert-level futility within the passing game. But maybe that shouldn’t surprise us. After all, Lambert threw for 300 yards in 13 starts (one time against South Carolina) as many times as Fromm has thrown for 300 yards in 21 starts.
Fromm wasn’t just bad in the most recent big game, he’s also bad at having big games. Consider recent full-time Georgia starting QBs and their affinity for 300-yard games.
|Player||Starts at Georgia||300-Yard Games||Starts Per 300 Yarder|
By these measures, Fromm is the worst full-time starting quarterback at Georgia since the Jim Donnan Era. Way to go, Kirby!
Until next time,
The Kirby Smart Hater