It’s clear: Georgia (6-0) is really good and quarterback situation is settled

Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm hands off to tailback Nick Chubb for a touchdown run to take a 21-0 lead over Vanderbilt during the second quarter Saturday in Nashville. (Curtis Compton/ccompton@ajc.com)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There’s certainty now. Certainty about the direction of the program under Kirby Smart. Certainty about a team that in the past has been prone to playing down to the level of some opponents (31-3, 41-0, 45-14 … who are these guys?) Certainty about the potential of this team and this season.

“This is what we came to Georgia for,” Sony Michel said.

There’s also certainty about this: Who’s going to start at quarterback.

Smart wouldn’t declare a starter for the rest of the season after Saturday’s 45-14 dismembering of Vanderbilt. He didn’t have to. What was it the coach said after last week’s game at Tennessee?

“Read between the lines,” he said to a follow-up question after boasting that he tells the media what it wants to hear and the players the truth.

Jacob Eason was expected to play more extensively than he did against Vanderbilt, but he didn’t enter until five minutes into the fourth quarter of a lopsided game.

“It’s a feel thing,” Smart said.

In other words, that wasn’t the plan. Jake Fromm started, and the coach chose to keep a good thing going. Because when things go well, coaches don’t even change socks, let alone quarterbacks.

Neither quarterback spoke after the game because Smart doesn’t grant media access to freshmen (Fromm), and this wasn’t the game where anybody with a notepad or camera was going to get near Eason. (Yes, he was requested.) But when the game ended, when Georgia improved to 6-0 for the first time since 2005 and most of the team celebrated with thousands of Georgia fans along one side of Vanderbilt Stadium, Eason hung around only briefly, then walked off the field and into the stadium tunnel with his helmet on.

Reading between the lines: This is Fromm’s team.

He’s not the star.  He’s not nearly the star. He doesn’t have to be the star (Georgia won its past two games 96-14 with Fromm throwing for 85 and 102 yards).

The stars are the tailbacks: Nick Chubb (138 yards, two touchdowns) and Sony Michel (150 yards, one TD), who paced a 423-yard rushing attack. (Paul Johnson may sue for copyright infringement).

The stars are on a defense that, while it didn’t play its best game against Vanderbilt, has allowed only 60 points in six games.

The stars in this game were up front: The offensive line flattened Vanderbilt’s defensive front.

“There were holes everywhere,” Chubb said.

At some point this season, it’s likely Georgia will need a quarterback to win the game. Fromm may not be at that point yet, but he’s getting there.

Fromm did nothing more than hand off seven times on Georgia’s first touchdown drive (7 plays, 83 yards in runs). But in the second quarter, he faced pressure on third-and-14, stayed calm and hooked up with Terry Godwin for a 23-yard gain and a first down, leading to a touchdown.

On the first drive of the second half, with Georgia running a rapid no-huddle offense and Vandy’s defense dazed and confused, the Commodores bit on play-action and Fromm threw a 47-yard strike to Godwin down the middle of the field for a touchdown and a 28-7 lead.

Will it be so easy against Florida, or Auburn or, should they make it that far, Alabama in the SEC title game?

No. But Fromm has earned the starting job now, and Eason must watch from the sideline. He started and played only a handful of snaps in the season opener against Appalachian State, then suffered a knee injury and has been Wally Pipp’d ever since.

Smart on Fromm: “He’s grown as a player. He’s functioning in the offense really well. He likes the up-tempo stuff. The touchdown pass was really good. It actually wasn’t designed to go to Terry, it was supposed to go to Mecole (Hardman), and he fell down. Jake made a good throw. He continues to get better, and that’s important for our team.”

There’s no way to know what Eason will do. He may assess how the rest of the season goes, then may come back or decide to transfer. Another layer to this was added Friday when the Bulldogs received a verbal commitment from the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Harrison’s Justin Fields.

Yes, another “five-star” quarterback.

Eason wore a backwards baseball hat and headphones for most of the game. When he entered in the fourth quarter, the score was 45-7. He played two possessions. The first was brief and painful: He was crushed by a blind-side sack on the first down and fumbled, leading to a Vanderbilt touchdown. On the second drive, he went 3-for-3, as the Dogs ran out the clock.)

Smart would rather not field quarterback questions. He wants the focus on the offensive line and the 6-0 start (last achieved by Georgia in the 2005 SEC title season).

So a few sparks flew off his forehead in the postgame (partially for effect) after the third Fromm-Eason question, which was merely: Are you ready to name a permanent starting quarterback?

“You guys want to make a great story out of that,” he said. “You know what the story ought to be? Georgia’s O-line finishes Vanderbilt off. Can we talk about that? But I know y’all need a story. You need controversy, and that’s not where this team’s going because the men in that locker room, they’re controlling that message. Both those quarterbacks are good players.”

He also took the blame for the sack/fumble, saying, “I wanted the kid to come in and be able to throw the ball, and I called that play and put him in a bad situation.”

The only situation that matters is this: Georgia is 6-0, and Fromm has given no reason to make a change at quarterback. Neither of those two things would have been expected coming into the season.

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OH:IO

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OH:IO
OH:IO

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twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

You lost 31-16 at the shuuuuu and got flag planted.

Iowa State beat that very same team in Norman.

Iowa State > OSU

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

The MENTAL PROBLEM;

OH:IO 2 days ago

@twelveofthirteen

That is a question. How dare we?

Punctuate much or does 3rd grade doesn't teach it anymore?

DawgNole 1 day ago

@OH:IO

"Does 3rd grade doesn't teach it"???

Say whaaaaaaaaat?!

STILL waiting, lying hypocrite.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

The MENTAL PROBLEM;

OH:IO October 5, 2017

Vandy in the home upset

OH:IO September 17, 2017

dogs will drop to the 20's after next week on their way to "others receiving votes".

OH:IO September 17, 2017

I'm going with Miss State.

Over/Under/Spread whatever

OH:IO September 15, 2017

SaMMMMMford upsets dogs

OH:IO September 8, 2017

Prediction:

dogs lose at South Bend

Ohio State beats Oklahoma in Columbus.

I know. I went out on a limb.

OH:IO August 24, 2017

dogs:

#15 - 3rd tier

7-5 with slim win over SaMford and a L to App State

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Mental problem obsessing over the #4 team in the land!

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Vacated, bowl ban, free tats.

This decade and this century

2017 and irrelevant

FACTS

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OH:IO
OH:IO

12/13:


#we're #4/5! We're # 4/5!

OH:IO
OH:IO

Another day and the fact remains"


dogs have won NOTHING since last decade and NOTHING of National note since last century. 


Some things never change. 

TOJacket
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@OH:IO You are definitely in their heads man...good grief!

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Grant1296
Grant1296

Where did my little ten CLOWN go???

Grant1296
Grant1296

He always runs n hides ...

Come back Techeye, and bring your little brother TO..

I promise I'll stop commenting on your posts...

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

They are the two biggest idiots the AJC has ever produced.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Grant1296 I'm right here Grant....I'm your Huckleberry...your comments are beginning to sound as ridiculous as the 3 stooges.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket

Have you told your family yet about your depraved obsession with men's organs?

BaseballBuff
BaseballBuff

I certainly thought that Eason would get more snaps than he did against Vandy, and I expect him to play more against Mizzou next week. But you're correct, Jeff. Fromm is the QB. Unless, of course, Eason shines brilliantly, which he has not done to date.


DawginLex
DawginLex

Blowhio and TO keep spewing "last year"

That's all you have because this year, we are better than both of you

Covfefe23
Covfefe23

@DawginLex At least they still have each other.


Not that there's anything wrong with that.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Misery loves company and you know little ten bucknut is miserable with Georgia's success and top 4 ranking.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@DawginLex I see 1999 posted constantly hypocrite...like I've said before, you can dish it but can't take it....the past is still all you have right now, we haven't played yet....but yea Lex, it doesn't take an ESPN anchor to tell you have a very good team this year.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@TOJacket: "the past is still all you have right now"

______________

All we have???

At 13-3 and 65-41-5, that past looks pretty damn good.


twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Little ten bucknuts completely irrelevant.

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

How about not scoring a point in a playoff game? Brag about that some more little ten mental problem.

Couldn't win the little ten, can't beat Oklahoma at the shuuuuuuu, and Iowa State > than OSU.

Bawahwahwahwah

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

Irrelevant, no hope for the playoff, flag planted, couldn't beat Iowa State.

Mental problem suck on that ya b@tch!

Covfefe23
Covfefe23

@twelveofthirteen Wonder how much Corch Meyers paid ISU to plant that flag.... you know how butthurt he gets about "celebrations".

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

More chest pains coming.

What a vaunted schedule. Army, Rutgers, Maryland and UNLV.

OSU = Joke

TideDawg
TideDawg

Suddenly OSU is looking at a possible 4 loss season. That should drop them in the polls to #9 or #10.

OH:IO
OH:IO

It's fun having the dogs believing their own press. 

Grant1296
Grant1296

Doesn't look like you're having much fun....

Clown...

OH:IO
OH:IO

@Grant1296


Navy, UCF and South Florida are ranked. 


Miss State? Un. Need to check the "others" list. 


Quality win, right grant? 

dawg fan
dawg fan

I'd have fun watching the Dawgs kick the ever loving **** out of the Chokeyes right now, which most objective observers would agree would likely occurr.

Grant1296
Grant1296

Where has OSU won on the road??

How could I forget...

Rutgers...

The Irish would Crush OSU in South Bend...

Good thing Coach heart attack doesn't have the balls to play there..

Clown...

TOJacket
TOJacket

@dawg fan It would be a good game this year...maybe that wish will come true...it would make for some good blogs!

TideDawg
TideDawg

@TOJacket @dawg fan  Very sane and humane TO. I don't think the Dawgs are ready for that stage yet. That would be too much hype and expectation at this point of the season. If they can beat Auburn and Florida with all the hype that goes with those two, they will be ready to take on a non conference foe like OSU. And you already know about the last game of the season.....that's going to be a barn burner.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

It's fun watching you squirm like a b@tch.

Irrelevant, not top 5, no playoff hope, flag planted!

Grant1296
Grant1296

Disagree TideDawg...

They probably aren't ready for Bama right now, but they would shred OSU...

In the horseshoe...

Grant1296
Grant1296

Ohio state just isn't that good...

Poor QB play against any kind of real competition..

Not to mention...

The Kickers...

VS Oklahoma , who just got throttled...

Shoulda Woulda Coulda...

DawgNole
DawgNole

@Covfefe23

31-16's worth a few chuckles, too--especially after Oklahoma got its as* handed to it at home yesterday against a 30-pt underDawg.

TOJacket
TOJacket

@Grant1296 You don't know what would happen Grant...dang, you have evolved into little 12/13.

TideDawg
TideDawg

@Grant1296  Any team in the SEC can beat Bama if Bama plays the way they did Sat. However, when they get through paying for that poor play this week, I wouldn't want to be the next victim.