Jake Fromm Selected as Semifinalist for Davey O'Brien Award

Brooks Austin

A Georgia Bulldogs quarterback has yet to win the Davey O'Brien award given to the nation's best quarterback in the 42-year history of the award.   

For the second straight season, Jake Fromm was announced as one of sixteen semifinalists:

Here's the full list of semifinalist quarterbacks: 

  • Charlie Brewer (Baylor)
  • Shane Buechele (SMU)
  • Joe Burrow (LSU)
  • Sam Ehlinger (Texas)
  • Justin Fields (Ohio State)
  • Jake Fromm (Georgia)
  • Anthony Gordon (Washington State)
  • Justin Herbert (Oregon)
  • Tyler Huntley (Utah)
  • Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma)
  • Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
  • Tanner Morgan (Minnesota)
  • Malcolm Perry (Navy)
  • Brock Purdy (Iowa State)
  • Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)
  • Brady White (Memphis)

As you will notice, Fromm is one of three SEC quarterbacks within the semifinalist's list headed into Saturday's game against the 12th ranked Auburn Tigers. 

And not to bury the lead, but there's that guy Justin Fields in there too. Fields is responsible for 37 TDs for the second-ranked Buckeyes. For comparison, the Georgia offense as a whole is responsible for 33 touchdowns this season.  

Fromm has the 2nd fewest passing yards of the semifinalists, ahead of only Malcolm Perry of Navy. So, for him to have been included in this list is a testament to the intangibles that Fromm possesses. The ability to ensure that your team is rarely in the wrong play is invaluable, and it's refreshing to see the committee recognize such decision making. 

In a collegiate world of 35 to 40 pass attempts, Fromm has made a living averaging 23 pass attempts per game since taking over the starting quarterback duties at Georgia. 

To me, it's why professional scouts are looking at Fromm in the first place. They see a quarterback that can deliver accurate passes within twenty-five yards of the line of scrimmage. 

Does he have Patrick Mahomes like arm talent with the ability to rip a ball on a line 40 to 50 yards downfield? No, but you can guarantee he finds the open receiver and protects the football. That's more than a lot of starting NFL quarterbacks can say.