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More of the Same From Jake Fromm

By BJ Bennett
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Already a conference champion, Jake Fromm is having a year for the roses and the record books.

Jake Fromm, in fact, is the only signal caller to not throw a pick or lose the football in all of the semifinal pairings to date.

It was a game where Georgia wasn't necessarily expected to be. The quarterback who led the Bulldogs there wasn't initially even expected to play. The signal caller who won wasn't the one that everybody tuned in to see. As a true freshman, unfortunate circumstance led to Jake Fromm stepping into Georgia's starting lineup. The rest, fresh off a win for the ages, is history both made and in the making.

Fromm's story is well-known; an affable Peach State-native who, as a grade-schooler, helped pace his Warner Robins team to the Little League World Series before emerging as one of the nation's top prep quarterbacks. What has been less-discussed is Fromm's success. Often overshadowed by others stars on his team, Fromm continues to be a integral part of the Bulldogs' championship run. He has gone from reserve to Rose Bowl-victor.

More than just managing games for Georgia, Fromm is, still unassumingly, winning them. On the Bulldogs' tying drive near the end of regulation, he was 3-of-4 for 48 yards, also throwing a pass that drew a pass interference call and got Georgia to just outside the goaline. The big stage, for Fromm, was no big deal. It also wasn't his first foray. When the Bulldogs were down late at Notre Dame, Fromm, in his first-ever road start, went 3-for-4 for 45 yards in setting up a game-winning field goal.

Despite his youth, Fromm has had a calming influence on Georgia's season. There is a natural ease and optimism to the young man, an attitude that now defines this veteran team. In some ways, the Bulldogs have become their quarterback. After a rushed Fromm flip drew an intentional grounding call early in the fourth quarter Monday night, he was seen grinning with teammates on the sidelines; such a response wasn't a dismissal of what just was, rather a confidence in what would still be.

Within Fromm's frame of reference is a powerful comfortability. He knows who he is and plays within himself perfectly. Of the other College Football Playoff quarterbacks, Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield threw an interception, Clemson's Kelly Bryant tossed two and Jalen Hurts of Alabama fumbled; Fromm, the least experienced of the group, did not turn the football over. He, in fact, is the only signal caller to not throw a pick or lose the football in all of the semifinal pairings to date.

This season, Fromm ranks in the top five nationally in passer rating. For point of reference, the next highest freshman, Virginia Tech redshirt Josh Jackson, slots 56th. Remarkably, Fromm's total number is the SEC's highest mark since Jonny Manziel in 2013. Fromm is completing over 63% of his passes, averaging over nine yards per attempt and has a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 23-to-5. Already a conference champion, he is having a year for the roses and the record books; one, perhaps, coming with yet another ring.  

Fromm is not just good for a true freshman, not just good for a "game-manager", he's not even just good; Fromm, by any and every measure, is playing great. 

Ahead of an upcoming title bout with Alabama, Fromm has helped move Georgia forward. He is an asset, a playmaker and, yes, a leader. Smiling and bright-eyed, Fromm is one of the faces of the talented Bulldogs. 

Very few saw this coming with Fromm. Everyone, at this point, sees where it's going.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports