Cross: I'm Not Convinced Jake Fromm Is That Good

Georgia's offense wasn't pretty this year, and Fromm may have had a lot to do with that

The DA Show
December 10, 2019 - 12:15 pm

LSU is the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff for many reasons. One reason? No. 2 Ohio State had a sluggish first half against Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes trailed 21-7 at the break before outscoring the Badgers 27-0 in the second half to win 34-21. 

Another reason LSU is No. 1? Well, Georgia is really, really bad at scoring.

Indeed, LSU beat Georgia 37-10 in the SEC Championship this past Saturday. It was an impressive win by the Tigers, but the Bulldogs didn’t offer much resistance. Jake Fromm threw two interceptions, and Georgia rushed 25 times for just 61 yards (2.4 yards per carry).

Lack of scoring was a theme for the Bulldogs all season. Why couldn’t Georgia, with a really good quarterback, ever seem to find its footing?

“I’m not convinced Jake Fromm is that good of a quarterback,” CBS Sports college football analyst Randy Cross said on The DA Show. “I think Jake Fromm is a good quarterback, but he happens to be in a playoff with a dynamic guy like (Jalen) Hurts that’s at Oklahoma, he’s got (Joe) Burrow, he’s got (Justin) Fields, he’s got all these different guys – a couple of which were at one time at Georgia, like Fields. He just doesn’t have the goods like some of these other guys have.”

The proof is in the pudding. And by pudding, we mean stats. This year, Burrow threw for 4,715 yards, 48 touchdowns and six interceptions. Hurts threw for 3,600+ yards, rushed for 1,200+ yards and accounted for 50 touchdowns (32 pass, 18 rush). Fields also accounted for 50 touchdowns (40 pass, 10 rush) and had just one interception.

That is lights-out production.

As for Fromm? He threw for 2,610 yards, 22 touchdowns and five picks and finished the season with zero rushing yards and zero touchdowns, as Georgia failed to score even 28 points in seven of its final eight games.

“I think part of it is the injuries they had and the lack of toys around him,” Cross said, “but I just have not been that impressed. I think he’s more of a dreaded game-manager type than he is a dominant quarterback. You just don’t see him with the arm and the ability NFL-wise to throw the ball all over the field like you do with guys like Lawrence and Burrow.”

Fromm will have one more chance to prove the doubters wrong. Georgia (11-2) will face No. 7 Baylor (11-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.