ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit has been impressed with Georgia so far this year, but he also realizes that the Dawgs may have a weakness that could be exploited later in the year.
On College GameDay on Saturday, Herbstreit expressed interest in how Georgia freshman Jake Fromm would be able to respond if Georgia’s running game is no longer able to give him a big cushion.
Not today against Missouri, when they play Auburn, when they play down the road potentially against Alabama… They are running right now at will, their backs are averaging seven yards a carry — their top three backs.
Jake Fromm’s throwing on his terms, throwing play-action off of that running game, 15 times a game, 139 yards a game. What will he do — he’s a young guy with a bright future — when they can’t run for seven yards a carry against Auburn? Can Jake Fromm and the receivers make plays?
Though it is a hypothetical, it’s still an important question for Georgia going forward this season when they face their toughest remaining opponents: how will Fromm be able to respond when the Georgia running game goes against a defense that is capable of slowing them down?
We saw a bit of this against Notre Dame, as Georgia was held under 350 yards of offense by the Fighting Irish. Georgia still walked away with a 20-19 win in South Bend thanks to their own defensive talents, but playing close games with Florida, Auburn, and even Georgia Tech in the regular season could prove to be very risky to their hopes of heading to the College Football Playoff.
This only gets more interesting with sophomore Jacob Eason on the bench. Fromm usurped Eason’s starting spot after an injury, but Eason did gain a ton of experience last season playing under pressure with a leaky offensive line and an inconsistent running game.
For now, though, Georgia is 6-0 and set to play against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday night.