During an eleven month span in Atlanta, the Georgia Bulldogs stood toe-to-toe twice with the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In both match-ups, the Tide came away victorious in thrilling fashion with back-up quarterbacks. With those two games serving as bookends for 2018, UGA Head Coach Kirby Smart took to the podium at SEC Media Days with a steadfast belief of winning a national championship will require doing things the team has not done before.
“One of the themes our players have adopted this year has been to do more,” Smart said Tuesday at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. “Our mission is to bridge that gap, you know, by the actions we take, hence the word “do more,” those words require action. And I heard a quote coming in here. I read a quote coming in this morning that really grabbed me, and I’m not a big quote guy, but when I heard that quote, I thought that’s something that our players can relate to “life has no remote. You got to get up and change it yourself.”
Returning to Georgia is junior quarterback Jake Fromm. The signal caller from Warner Robins threw for 2761 yards, 30 touchdowns, six interceptions and completed 67.4% of his passes. During his first two years, Fromm displayed a maturity and poise beyond his years. Now, as the unquestioned, unrivaled leader of the Bulldogs, Fromm assured assembled media he isn’t worried about the Heisman Trophy talk. He simply wants to win.
“For me it’s about staying focused, how can I make this team be the best team it can be, and how can I win a football game” Fromm said. “That’s what I’m focused on, being the best teammate I can be. So I’m not really worried about that. I’m trying to take my team to win every single week and go into camp and get ready for Vanderbilt.”
Brian Herrien and D’Andre Swift will return to Georgia’s backfield. With the dismissal of wide-receiver J.J. Holloman, the ‘Dawgs will have Tyler Simmons, grad transfer Lawrence Cager, junior Demetris Robertson, redshirt sophomore Matt Landers and redshirt freshman Kearis Jackson in the wide-receiver room. Smart understands this season his team cannot take the path of least resistance if they want to achieve their ultimate goals.
“And if you think about that, so many of us want to take the easy way out, whether it’s changing the channel with the remote or anything else, not doing the work that has to be done, we want to do more at the University of Georgia. We’re not complacent in what we’ve done, and we know we need to take that next step.”