The Georgia Bulldogs are back atop the SEC and have a chance to win a national championship on the arm of freshman quarterback Jake Fromm. The No. 3 ranked Bulldogs will play No. 2 Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, which is the first College Football Playoff semi-final airing Monday, January 1 on ESPN.
Georgia entered the season just inside or near the top ten in most major polls. They closed out 2016 with a Liberty Bowl victory over TCU after losing the SEC Conference Championship game to Alabama. They had what they thought was their quarterback of the future in then-freshman Jacob Eason, their top recruit. But Eason went down in the first game of the season and in stepped Fromm, who guided Georgia to a 12-1 record. The only loss for Georgia with Fromm under center was in Week 10 to Auburn; a loss they avenged handily in the SEC Championship game.
Fromm’s numbers are not over the top. A balanced offense with a running attack found him averaging less than 20 pass attempts per game. He threw for just 2,173 yards and 21 touchdowns. However, the true freshman only threw five interceptions and was sacked 14 times.
A five-star recruit out of high school, Fromm nearly committed to Alabama but decided on Georgia. Next season Georgia may have to make a decision about its quarterback position, especially if Fromm has a big postseason and, dare we say, win a national title. The quest starts Monday in Pasadena.
William Jacob Fromm
Born: July 30, 1998
Birthplace: Warner Robins, Ga.
Height/Weight: 6 foot 2 inches / 225 pounds
Team: Georgia Bulldogs
Honors and Achievements: Five-star recruit; featured on QB1: Beyond the Lights