Georgia football might not be heading back to the College Football Playoff, but quarterback Jake Fromm has taken a step forward for the Bulldogs this year.
Last season, as a true freshman thrust into action due to injury, he was more of a game manager.
This year, the former four-star quarterback took a turn towards becoming one of the better signal callers in college football.
When Justin Fields, the No. 2 overall recruit in the 2018 class, signed with Georgia, he probably figured he'd push Fromm for his job.
Instead, Fromm has held a firm grasp on it, and will be the starter once again as a junior in 2019.
Fields, meanwhile, has reportedly entered his name into the NCAA's new transfer portal. Per reports, he has Florida State, Ohio State, and Oklahoma as potential options.
Jake Fromm was asked about Justin Fields' potential transfer during Sugar Bowl media day.
Fields remains with the team, and there's a good chance that Georgia will use him in some capacity against Texas.
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Fromm, who has overcome the spontaneous substitutions of backup quarterback Justin Fields, said the recent transfer talk involving the freshman understudy has not distracted him at all.
“It hasn’t changed anything for me,” Fromm said. “He’s going to do what’s best for him. But as far as me and this football team, it doesn’t change anything.
“I’m going to lead and play the best I can for this team.”
Georgia landed the surprising commitment of four-star Michigan native Dwan Mathis during the early signing period. The team has also brought back former walk-on Stetson Bennett, who drew rave reviews from coaches and teammates, and originally left UGA looking for a scholarship offer. He wound up getting one from his former school.
Fromm's success has led to the transfer of one former five-star in Jacob Eason, and potentially another in Fields, but in college football, that will happen at the quarterback position. Playing time is valuable, and everyone wants to find a place where they can be the guy.