QB Jake Fromm leav­ing Ge­or­gia to en­ter draft

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - AP Sports Writer

By Paul New­berry

AT­LANTA (AP) >> Ge­or­gia quar­ter­back Jake Fromm is head­ing to the NFL, de­spite some strug­gles dur­ing a ju­nior sea­son that led to spec­u­la­tion he might re­turn for one more year with the Bull­dogs.

Fromm an­nounced his de­ci­sion Wednesday in a state­ment on his Twit­ter page, one week af­ter lead­ing the Bull­dogs to a 26-14 vic­tory over Bay­lor in the Su­gar Bowl.

“I have de­cided that it is time for me to take on the next chal­lenge in my life and pur­sue my life­long dream of play­ing in the NFL,” he wrote.

Fromm threw for a ca­reer-high 2,860 yards this sea­son, with 24 touchdowns and just five in­ter­cep­tions. But he posted the low­est com­ple­tion per­cent­age (60.8) and quar­ter­back rat­ing (141.2) of his college ca­reer, lead­ing to him drop­ping in many NFL pro­jec­tions.

Still, Fromm will be re­mem­bered as one of the best quar­ter­backs in Ge­or­gia his­tory. He was 35-7 record draft as the Bull­dogs’ starter, in­clud­ing three straight ap­pear­ances in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game.

As a fresh­man in 2017, he took over in the sea­son opener af­ter Ja­cob Ea­son was in­jured, made his first college start at Notre Dame the fol­low­ing week and held the job for the rest of his ca­reer.

Fromm sparked Ge­or­gia to its first SEC ti­tle since 2005, a mem­o­rable Rose Bowl vic­tory over Ok­la­homa in the play­off semi­fi­nals, and a trip to the na­tional cham­pi­onship game, where the Bull­dogs lost to Alabama in over­time.

The past two sea­sons, Ge­or­gia set­tled for Su­gar Bowl bids af­ter los­ing to Alabama and LSU in the SEC cham­pi­onship game.

BILL FEIG - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Ge­or­gia quar­ter­back Jake Fromm (11) passes in the first half of the Su­gar Bowl NCAA college foot­ball game against Bay­lor in New Or­leans, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

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