Georgia QB Jake Fromm appreciates high expectations, competition with Justin Fields

ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm explained why the Bulldogs feel like they are in a good place on the SEC Network show “Marty and McGee” on Thursday night.

“I think it’s something Coach (Kirby) Smart said earlier in the year,” Fromm said “Pressure is a privilege, so we’re excited to be where we’re at, and it’s something we’re not going to take lightly.”

There’s plenty of pressure on Fromm and No. 5-ranked Georgia (8-1, 6-1) entering into their game against No. 24 Auburn (6-3, 3-3) at 7 p.m. on Saturday (TV: ESPN, Radio: WSB 750 AM, 95.5 FM).

According to a Twitter poll conducted earlier this week with 1,334 votes, 73 percent of fans said Georgia’s season has been “about what I expected,” while 13 percent answered “better than I expected” and 14 percent voted “not as good as I expected.”

“We realize as good as we are, as good as we’re trying to be, that’s going to come with some expectations from our fan base, from everybody,” Fromm said. “It starts in the locker room with ourselves.

“We realize the kind of talent we have, and we want to be the best we can be, we want to win as many games as we can, and also we want a national championship.”

Fromm is 20-3 as a starter including a 2-1 mark in postseason games, having won the SEC Championship Game and College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl last season.

Fromm would also likely have a national title if not for a broken assignment in the secondary that led to Alabama’s 26-23 overtime win over Georgia in the College Football Playoff Championship Game.

Earlier this week, Fromm was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award, which goes to the nation’s top quarterback and involves a fan vote at VoteOBrien.org.

Still, there has been a constant buzz about true freshman quarterback Justin Fields, who has displayed talent in his limited appearances.

Fromm has handled the much-publicized competition in stride.

“That’s just the nature of the business — college football — that we’re in,”Fromm said, asked about competing with such a high-profile recruit.

“Competition ultimately brings out the best in everybody, it’ just kind kind of the way it is,” Fromm said. “It’s exciting to come in to work every day and compete with a guy. He’s obviously a great football player, and I think him being here is making me better, and I’m trying to be the best I can be.”

Fromm’s ability to handle pressure is evident from a statistical vantage point as well, as Pro Football Focus tweeted a graphic to show how effective the 20-year old is when blitzed, too:

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