Fromm ready to go where few freshmen Qb's have gone


ATLANTA--Sometimes you just know.

I bet you can go Google crazy and find stories telling us how at a very young age Tom Brady was the most precocious young football player in the Northern California pee wee program.

If you are at all into golf, you know the stories of Tiger Woods making an appearance on television showing off his golf skills at the age of....3.

Pick a sport, pick a phenom and--with hindsight--go back and discover traits which said they were going to be something special.

Which brings us here to Atlanta and the College Football National Championship on Monday night between Alabama and Georgia.

Which also brings us to Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm..

A year ago, Fromm completed 244 of 383 passes for 3,910 passing yards for Houston County high school and was being recruited by both Alabama and Georgia.

While Alabama was preparing to face Clemson in the national championship game, Fromm, the kid from Warner Robbins, Georgia, was preparing to come to Athens as a January admission.

In the spring game three months later, Fromm completed 14 of 23 passes for 277 yards and 2 TDs in leading the Red team to a victory.

So you knew what was coming.

The people in Warner Robbins, of course, knew for years that Jake Fromm was someone who generally reached or exceeded his goals.

Take that time back when Fromm was seven and a highly coveted draft pick in the coach-pitch baseball league in Warner Robbins.

"By the time he was eight, he was turning into a beast,'' Phillip Johnson, Fromm's Little League coach told Steve Hummer of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

Four years later, Fromm was part of a Little League team that went to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. To prepare for the notoriety, he worked on interview techniques with his father.

"That (being part of a major event at a young age) helped a lot,' said Fromm on Saturday as he talked about his duties as the Georgia starting QB. Fromm has a chance to become the first freshman QB to win a national title since Jamelle Holieway helped Oklahoma win it in 1985.

But as an early enrolee, Fromm had an experience edge that Holieway didn't have.

Fromm stepped into the spotlight dance roll in September after starting QB Jacob Eason injured his knee in the Bulldogs' opening victory over Appalachian State.

A week later, Fromm made his first career start against Notre Dame and was unflustered in Georgia's 20-19 victory. Georgia's QB hasn't been an issue since that game, capped off with Fromm's remarkable poise in leading Georgia to a wild 52-48 double overtime victory over Oklahoma in last week's semifinal game at the Rose Bowl..

But even during the summer drills, there were signs that Fromm was ready.[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

He would take part in the summer drills with veteran lineman and take control of


the huddle, even running laps with them as a punishment implemented by Georgia coach Kirby Smart for some false-start moves in practice.

There was something about this kid that was different.

When asked in Saturday's media session when he first felt comfortable with a freshman at QB, Smart said:

""The trust factor went out the window the day he walked out there and played against App State. I think you've got to have a lot of confidence in your quarterback all the time.''

Alabama coach Nick Saban, who came within a few seconds of having a freshman win a national championship last season, knew what he saw when he tried to get Fromm to be part of the Tide's recruiting class.

""Jake was an outstanding player, very productive in high school, great leader,'' said Saban. ""He had a lot of success on the field, came to our camp and was very accurate, efficient, right personality, got the right stuff. No doubt that he had all the ingredients and intangibles that you are looking for a guy to be your quarterback and we were disappointed when we didn't get him.''

Alabama is favored to beat Georgia on Monday night.

But with Fromm at QB, sometimes you just don't know.[/membership]