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Where does Jake Fromm already rate among Georgia’s all-time QBs?
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Where does Jake Fromm already rate among Georgia’s all-time QBs?

Where does Jake Fromm already rate among Georgia’s all-time QBs?

Where does Jake Fromm already rate among Georgia’s all-time QBs?

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Could the following quote apply to Georgia junior QB Jake Fromm?

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

Mark Twain gets the credit for it. But Google has Twain borrowing that phrase from British prime minister Benjamin Disrael for the record.

Is that in any way like Fromm and the talented backfields that Georgia has brought to bear over the last two seasons? Was that (mostly) Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and D’Andre Swift and an ascending O-line there?

How much credit should Fromm get for elevating the Georgia program since he took the reins in 2017?

The All-American candidate has a sterling 24-5 record in two seasons as the quarterback of record for Georgia. That mark will include the following contests which can be defined as being true degree of difficulty games:

  • 1 National Championship game against Alabama
  • 2 SEC Championship games
  • 1 Rose Bowl against a Heisman Trophy QB and a future No. 1 overall pick
  • 1 road game against a Top 10 team in Auburn
  • 1 road game against a Top 15 team in one of the SEC’s toughest venues at LSU
  • 2 Georgia-Florida games in Jacksonville
  • 1 Sugar Bowl against Texas

Of course, the record points to the Bulldogs owning a 4-5 record in those contests. Some draw the parallel to Fromm not being able to close out those big games. A truly great quarterback would do that, right?

That’s a popular topic to some. Yet they don’t apply the same logic to the other end of that argument.  If an elite run game actually carried the Bulldogs to those big games, why is Fromm’s resume saddled with not being out to close out those big ones?

Is he a first-round pick? The NFL scouting opinions do seem to vary. Of course, those talking parts are all highly subjective.

Opinions will vary across the Georgia fan base with that, too. Those “damned” statistics are a lot less subjective. Those are just cold hard numbers.

Check out the roll call of things that Fromm has done so far in the SEC in what should be the two worst years for any college quarterback. When placed against the backdrop of the greatest QBs in Georgia history, his stat profile already holds up with the best to ever play the position at Georgia.

That matter appears to be a lot less subjective.

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Former Georgia QB Aaron Murray is clearly one of the program’s all-time greats at that position. (Jason Getz/AJC file photo)

SEC Titles

(Starting QBs that led their teams to this feat at UGA)

SEC championship QBs No.
Buck Belue (1980, 1981) 2
Johnny Rauch (1946, 1948) 2
*8 others (Jake Fromm and eight others 1

Fromm has put together two strong seasons, but the rest of his career remains to be seen. Perhaps the only proper statistical tool is to look at where Fromm stands compared to some of the all-time greats at Georgia after the first two years in Athens.

For the purposes of this exercise, some might send some four-letter words this way when they see Georgia greats like Zeke Bratkowski, Mike Cavan, Ray Goff, Andy Johnson, Johnny Rauch and Fran Tarkenton missing from this comparison.

The matter at hand is that 1980 national championship Buck Belue played in a different era of college football and his time was already 39 years ago. It is an even bigger leap for a lot of those all-timers.

Tarkenton only threw for 2,100 yards and 18 TDs in his three-year Georgia career after redshirting as a freshman. If someone was able to devise a formula to adjust those numbers to 2019 standards in the same manners we see with inflation, it would be an interesting find.

That said, there are a number of notable Georgia QBs who competed in the modern era of SEC football where it was no small thing to see a quarterback attempt 25 passes every Saturday afternoon.

It is a tough list. Georgia’s Mike Bobo, who only threw for more than 2,500 yards and 15 touchdowns one time in his career, does not even crack it.

Where does Fromm rank so far among the likes of Quincy Carter, David Greene, Aaron Murray, Matthew Stafford and Eric Zeier? ( NOTE: Murray and Greene had redshirt seasons before they emerged to claim the starting job.)

Completions

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  Completions
Aaron Murray (2010-11) 447
David Greene (2001-02) 410
Quincy Carter (1998-99) 392
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 388
Eric Zeier (1991-92) 310
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 229

Attempts

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  Attempts
Aaron Murray (2010-11) 745
David Greene (2001-02) 703
Quincy Carter (1998-99) 670
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 604
Jake Fromm (2017-2018) 598
Eric Zeier (1991-1992) 544

Yards

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great Yards
Aaron Murray (2010-11) 6,198
David Greene (2001-02) 5,713
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 5,376
Quincy Carter (1998-1999) 5,197
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 4,272
Eric Zeier (1991-1992) 4,232

Completion percentage

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  Pct. 
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 64.9%
Aaron Murray (2010-2011) 60.0%
Quincy Carter (1998-99) 59.0%
David Greene (2001-2002) 58.5%
Eric Zeier (1991-92) 57.5%
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 54.5%

Won-loss record at QB

(as primary QB after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  W-L
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 24-5
David Greene (2001-02) 21-5
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 18-4
Eric Zeier (1991-92) 19-5
Quincy Carter (1998-1999) 17-7
Aaron Murray (2010-2011) 16-11

Touchdown-to-interception ratio

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  TD/INT
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 54/13
Aaron Murray (2010-2011) 59/22
David Greene (2001-2002) 39/17
Quincy Carter (1998-1999) 29/15
Eric Zeier (1991-1992) 19/16
Matthew Stafford (2006-2007) 26/23

Average yards per attempt

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  Completions
Jake Fromm (2017-18) 9.0
Aaron Murray (2010-2011) 8.6
David Greene (2001-2002) 8.1
Quincy Carter (1998-1999) 7.9
Eric Zeier (1991-1992) 7.8
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 6.0

QB rating

(after their first two seasons)

All-time UGA great QBs  QBR
Jake Fromm (2017-2018) 165.2
Aaron Murray (2010-2011) 150.5
David Greene (2001-2002) 140.3
Quincy Carter (1998-1999) 134.3
Eric Zeier (1991-92) 128.0
Matt Stafford (2006-2007) 118.5
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Former UGA great David Greene held the NCAA all-time wins record for a starting QB when he finished his career in Athens. That mark has since been broken.(UGA photo)

Enough with the statistics, right?

Sometimes smart folks can make them dance around or bend in whichever way to make a point. That critique might even apply here. The clear logical arguments are that Fromm has played on great teams, but it can be safely argued that Greene and Zeier played on some of the best ones of the last 40 years at Georgia during these sample size, too.

Georgia will also always have players. Especially skill players on offense to help a quarterback move the ball and score points. It can even be said that every one of this quarterbacks on this listing has played with an all-time great WR at Georgia during one of their first two seasons.

The same cannot be said about Fromm.

With all of that, there is another metric worth a visit here. We can scan names like Greene, Murray and Stafford and yet none of those columns were able to show off their best years as Bulldogs.

What were their best seasons like? How do those compare to what DawgNation has seen out of Fromm? That will be our last task here. ( NOTE: When scanning these numbers it is important to consider that Carter and Zeier both competed in the world of 11-game regular seasons.) 

QB rating

(Career season)

All-time UGA great  QBR
Aaron Murray (2012) 174.8
Jake Fromm (2018) 171.3
Matthew Stafford (2009) 153.5
David Greene (2004) 148.4
Eric Zeier (1993) 148.3
Quincy Carter (1998) 140.1

Touchdown-to-Interception ratio

(Career season)

All-time UGA great  TD/INT
Jake Fromm (2017) 30/6
David Greene (2004) 20/4
Aaron Murray (2012) 36/10
Quincy Carter (1999) 17/6
Eric Zeier (19993) 24/7
Matt Stafford (2008) 25/10

Average yards per attempt

(Career season)

All-time UGA great  QBR
Aaron Murray (2012) 10.1
Jake Fromm (2017 and 2018) 9.0
Matthew Stafford (2012) 9.0
Eric Zeier (1992) 8.7
David Greene (2001) 8.6
Quincy Carter (1998) 8.0

Completion percentage

(Career season)

All-time UGA great Pct. 
Jake Fromm (2018) 67.4%
Aaron Murray (2013) 64.8%
Eric Zeier (1993) 63.3%
Matt Stafford (2008) 61.4%
Quincy Carter (1998) 60.7%
David Greene (2003) 60.3%

Passing yards

(Career season)

All-time UGA great Yards. 
Aaron Murray (2012) 3,893
Matthew Stafford (2008) 3,525
Eric Zeier (1993) 3,525
David Greene (2003) 3,307
Jake Fromm (2018)  2,761
Quincy Carter (1999) 2,713

For those who feel the ultimate arbiter of a quarterback is leading his team to championships, then Fromm is only one of four quarterbacks in history to steer the Bulldogs to a final game which went on to determine the national champion.

A closing opinion on Jake Fromm

This seems the time to offer up to address the “game manager” label with Fromm. CBS lead analyst Gary Danielson went to great lengths to debunk that topic prior around the SEC Championship Game last December.

That term is overused in football today. A “game manager” applies to a quarterback who guides their team with effective play. They will offer up overwhelming physical tools and are a part of teams where a stifling defense and an impressive ground game is leaned on to win the big ones.

That signal caller isn’t asked to do more than protect the ball and preserve field position. For those that have been watching, that is not the way that Fromm has operated at Georgia.

The ball he completed to Riley Ridley for a touchdown against Alabama in the 2018 SEC Championship contest is an indicator of that. His stat line (25-of-39 for 301 yards, 3 TDSs, O INTs) from that night against Alabama is another clear example.

Fromm has been a “win manager” more than anything else. The “game manager” will play smart and efficient football but is limited when they are forced to make a play. The execution is not there to build a game plan around them. That’s why their coaches don’t ask them to do too much.

The “win manager” term points to a guy who does all the things that can beat a team but doesn’t have the offensive coordinator ready to eat his visor in the booth. That guy can win a game with his arm and the way he breaks down a defense.

It also seems likely a “game manager” archetype would not possess the skill set to send two players with more of those classic NFL first-rounder physical tools to the transfer portal. There is no stat column for that, but Fromm has also achieved that, too.

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George Pickens Pickens is on the DawgNation 'Watch' List every week, and every week, the player wearing the No. 1 on offense shows why. Smart said Pickens still has work to do, but the quarterback and offensive coordinator keep showing confidence in the work that he does with the football thrown in his direction. Kudos to Smart and his staff recognizing that taking advantage of Pickens' great talents. Even while he's ironing out other wrinkles, having Pickens in the game plan gives Georgia its best chance to win. Nolan Smith Speaking of tremendous potential coming to fruition, outside linebacker Nolan Smith has a raptor-like burst that all-time UGA defensive great David Pollack described as 'freaky.' Smith saw limited snaps last Saturday, and one can't help but wonder if Smart wanted to do his best to keep this elite pass-rushing talent under wraps for one more week. Nolan Smith will be a household name in the SEC soon enough. DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post 7 Georgia football players to watch closely against Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DawgNation has four staffers who cover Georgia football from every angle: Beat, live streams, photos, podcasts, recruiting, etc. The 'Cover 4' concept is: 1) Present a topic; 2) Offer a reasoned response; 3) Share a brisk statement to support the informed opinion. 4) Pepper the page with photos for the big picture. For this edition, we discuss the most improved Bulldogs on the team since last season. DawgNation continues with the 'Cover 4' concept. It was a regular in our story rotation in 2018. We have four staffers who cover UGA athletics on a full-time basis. It means the focus shifts to a timely 'Cover 4' look with each of our guys manning the secondary here. The quick in-and-out game remains. These takes are designed to come out quicker than former Bulldog Mecole Hardman Jr. ran the 40 at the NFL combine. We're trying a DawgNation.com first today in advance of the Notre Dame game: Join us in the DawgNation forum for a live chat at 3 p.m. today WHAT: A DawgNation first. The Cover 4 crew (BA, Connor, Griff and some lowly intern type) will be in this forum thread from 3-4 PM talking and answering anything you good people have for the Georgia-Notre Dame game. WHEN: Today. 3-4 PM HOW DO I GET THERE: Click this link. New forum members will have to go through a brief and free sign-up for our DawgNation forums. WHY: We figured you needed to wrap up your workweek a little early given the big game on Saturday HAVE A QUESTION?: Go ahead and drop it in that forum thread now. We'll be sure to answer the first ones we see once that 3 p.m. start time hits. FOR REAL?: Yes, that's just a way to thank each and everyone one of you for helping make this forum what it is today. We want to continue to build this to be a place where you can get in touch with us, interact and get your UGA questions acknowledged right from our guys. Be there. Get ready for The The 2019 season 'Cover 4' topics so far: Georgia's biggest edge on Notre Dame will be . The most improved Bulldog since last season is . A few big non-score predictions for Georgia-Vanderbilt Which returning Bulldogs impressed the most in fall camp? The players set to become the new fan favorites for 2019 are . What will convince you the Bulldogs are throwing the ball more this fall? What kind of numbers will D'Andre Swift put up in 2019? Jake Fromm's best quality? The Cover 4 crew chops that one up DawgNation Nickel: What was the alarming trend coming out of spring ball in Athens? The post Cover 4: Join us in the DawgNation forum at 3 PM for a live chat appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia football coach Kirby Smart appears on the verge of letting the so-called lion out of the cage after a week of keeping his team emotionally balanced and focused on the task at hand. 'It takes what it takes,' has been one of the Bulldogs' team slogans throughout the offseason, and now it's featured in another classic UGA football video. The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs (3-0) play host to No. 7 Notre Dame (2-0) in the first non-conference game featuring two Top 10 teams at Sanford Stadium since 1966. RELATED: Herschel Walker says it's time for Georgia to display RBU 'Our guys are excited to get to play on a national stage in a home game atmosphere that will probably be unrivaled in Georgia history from a non-conference standpoint,' Smart said on the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. 'I know they are excited with a team like Notre Dame coming to town, it is really a special event.' The UGA football film crew captured the build-up in the national media along with sharing behind-the-scenes footage of Georgia's preparation. The Bulldogs' early season schedule at Vanderbilt, home against Murray State and Arkansas State hasn't provided much of a challenge. 'We're not really sure what to make of Georgia,' former Alabama national championship quarterback Greg McElroy says in the UGA hype video. 'This is going to be a different experience than anything else than they've ever had in the regular season,' said SEC Network analyst Marcus Spears. Joey Galloway, a former Ohio State star receiver now ESPN analyst, is spliced into the Georgia video saying what most in the Georgia fan base is thinking. 'Yeah, this Georgia Bulldogs team we've seen the past few years,' Galloway said. 'They've been there, they've done it, now they've got to find a way to get over the top.' Smart, shown talking to his team, summed it up. 'It's about showing the country we're one of the best teams,' Smart said, 'and you do that by how you play on the field.' It takes what it takes Week 4 Trailer | It Takes What It Takes #ATD #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/hA1poL1LLe Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) September 20, 2019 DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football injury report for Notre Dame game Irish QB Ian Book keeping his cool entering matchup David Pollack says Nolan Smith rising star Georgia zeroed in on Notre Dame quarterback World of difference in Jake Fromm now from 2017 Georgia newcomers proving pivotal to season success Jake Fromm, Crush it and flush it,' on to Notre Dame Brian Kelly says Irish found themselves' in 66-14 win Notre Dame coach says team in position to win national title 3 things Georgia must avoid against Notre Dame The post WATCH: Georgia football It Takes What It Takes' video captures pre-game excitement appeared first on DawgNation.