Spring Focus: Smart believes Fromm ready to compete

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  • Kirby Smart
    Kirby Smart
    American football player and coach
  • Jacob Eason
    Jacob Eason
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With Spring Practice set to begin March 21, many eyes will no doubt be on freshman Jake Fromm,who is set to compete with Jacob Eason, perhaps for the starting job at quarterback.

That includes head coach Kirby Smart, who expects the newcomer to give it all he's got.

“I expect him to come out and compete like he’s trying to win it,” Smart said during a spot with host Scott Howard Monday night on Bulldog Hotline. “I look at him no different than I did with Jacob Eason this time last year.”

So far, Smart said he likes what he’s seen.

As an enrollee, Smart said Fromm has gotten right to work from Day 1 and has already make quite the impression on his new teammates.

“He’s coming in, highly regarded, a heralded recruit, but he’s very serious, very professional about his work. He’s a great leader in the locker room,” Smart said. “A lot of guys in the locker room respect him, he’s got good arm strength and he’s a good decision maker.”

But it’s his intangibles that Smart believes already have Fromm off to a good start.

“What he’s got is he’s got a little leadership to him that he’s not afraid to jump out there and tell guys where to line up, what to do, and get after it with a little fire,” Smart said. “I think, that dynamic, Jacob sees that, and Jacob’s sitting there watching this young kid that comes in with a little more fire and brimstone that even he had. Plus, he’s coming in with Jacob there, and makes it a little bit different than Greyson Eason who was the incumbent starter. I think Jake’s in a good place and I think he’s ready to go compete.”