G-Day performance not ‘up to standard I want to play at,’ quarterback Jake Fromm says
Georgia held its annual G-Day spring game Saturday. The red team won 22-17.
OK, now to the important stuff. It’s still a long time until September, but there were a few notable things that happened during the game, from a first look at the Bulldogs’ new freshman quarterback to a rough outing from their experienced one.
Here’s three takeaways from Georgia’s G-Day spring game.
First look at D’Wan Mathis
The tall, lanky freshman quarterback D’Wan Mathis got his first action in Sanford Stadium on Saturday. He provided mixed results but showed signs of promise.
Mathis’ first drive went about as well as the freshman could’ve hoped. Mathis threw the ball with confidence, zip and velocity on his opening drive. He nearly fit one particular long throw — a 40-plus yard throw with an airtight spiral — into triple coverage.
Mathis’ second drive went a bit less-than-ideal. He threw an interception on his first throw of the drive. Then came his G-Day moment of redemption, if it can be called that.
The black team ran a double-reverse to Matt Landers, who then turned and threw, on the run, to a streaking Mathis down the sideline. Mathis caught it in signature quarterback style, like a breadbasket, and dashed into the end zone.
Fromm’s rough outing
Jake Fromm was clearly not in midseason form on Saturday.
Fromm threw a pick-six on his first drive of the day, was late on several throws in the opening half and really never got into a groove. He was nearly intercepted a few drives later by Mark Webb, but the throw slipped through the defensive back’s hands.
Fromm finished 14-of-29 for 116 yards and the aforementioned interception, and added a touchdown on a swing route to running back Brian Herrien.
Justin Young gets first-team reps
Bulldogs defensive end Justin Young went from an obscure backup to first-teamer on Saturday.
Young played in one game last season, the season opener against Austin Peay, and appeared in four games the season before. The junior came close to transferring out of Georgia before the spring — he confirmed he was in the transfer portal to media members last week.
He ultimately decided against transferring, and seems to be getting rewarded for his efforts.
Young took first-team reps in the weeks leading up to the spring game and started for the black team’s defense on Saturday. He recorded two tackles, a tackle-for-loss and a sack.