By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The last remaining part of the Georgia quarterback competition drama may have disappeared when Jake Fromm was asked about possible starters at tailback.
Fromm, No. 3 Georgia’s returning starter, had complimentary comments about D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and other running backs on Monday before adding “I’m really excited to see who will be standing next to me when we go out for the first drive.”
First drive? That’s for starters.
That’s as close to a confirmation that has come from Fromm or coach Kirby Smart about quarterback plans for the Bulldogs’ opener against Austin Peay on Saturday. Smart has no plan to name a starter before the game. No announcement may be necessary.
Fromm has remained the starter since taking over for injured Jacob Eason in the 2017 opener.
“Jake’s been going with ones the whole time,” Smart said Monday.
Smart wouldn’t say if expects to play top freshman Justin Fields, who has pushed Fromm since spring practice .
“I think the game will dictate how we get to play those guys,” Smart said, adding “Both of these kids have practiced their tail off and both of them have done a good job in fall camp.”
Monday’s news conference was Fromm’s first of the preseason, and he discussed his two summer accidents. He said having a fishing hook stuck in his leg was only a minor inconvenience. A bigger issue came was a small fracture of his left (non-throwing) hand when hit on a boat by a tow rope used for skiing.
Fields was ready for the start of preseason practice, though he is wearing a small brace on the hand.
“Honestly, I didn’t want coach Smart to find out until I really knew what was going on and how bad it really was,” he said. “I was trying to keep it kind of under the table, but it’s all good now and good to go.”
Fromm said he will soon have X-rays to determine if he needs to keep wearing the brace.
There might be a closer watch on future summer watersports.
“I haven’t decided it’s too dangerous yet,” he said. “We’re going to kind of play around with that and kind of see how much of it I can do and still stay safe. We’re going to kind of test those waters.”