Spoiler alert: Jake Fromm can throw
ATHENS, GA -- So far the talk has been quiet leading up to the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry.
Top-ranked Georgia travels to #10 Auburn Saturday afternoon for a 3:30 kickoff. Alluding to the first sentence, there hasn't been any reported smack talk from either side.
Even if the Tigers are confident heading into Saturday, they learned a lesson from Florida and South Carolina to not poke the bear. The bear of course being former Houston County Bear and current starting QB Jake Fromm.
Prior to the previous two meetings against the Gators and Gamecocks, opponents took shots at Fromm saying "anybody can throw a slant" and "they can't pass."
In those two games, Georgia outscored opponents 66-17 with Fromm going a combined 20-29 for 297 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Even with Georgia being a predominantly heavy run offense, Fromm continues to prove he not only can throw, he's one of the best in the league at doing so.
Through nine games, the freshman leads the SEC in QBR (172.7) and yards per attempt (9.7) while also sitting top four in touchdown passes and completion percentage. His head coach is pleased with the numbers but praises Fromm for his intangibles.
"Since the beginning of the year he's done well with the decision making," Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart said at Monday's press conference. "I think playing in the Notre Dame environment was really good for him because that was one of the tougher environments. Earlier in the Tennessee game was that way. He continues to improve each day."
Saturday Fromm will face his biggest test thus far in an Auburn defense giving up less than 17 points per game. Smart however isn't concerned with the size of the stage for his quarterback.
"He's not intimidated by the moment and I think that comes from his upbringing and just his competitive nature," Smart said.
Georgia and Auburn kickoff at 3:30 p.m Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.