In each of his first two years, Jake Fromm has performed so well that a five-star teammate — Jacob Eason after the 2017 season and Justin Fields after last year — decided to transfer for enhanced playing opportunities. Fromm has a 165.79 career efficiency rating entering his junior season, which is the highest in program history, and the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder has thrown for 54 touchdowns while being intercepted only 13 times. Backing up Fromm are redshirt sophomore Stetson Bennett and true freshman D'wan Mathis. Bennett arrived at Georgia in 2017 as a walk-on and redshirted that season, and he left Athens after the 2018 G-Day game and played last season at Jones County (Mississippi) Junior College before returning with a scholarship offer. Mathis enrolled in January and went through spring drills, but then he underwent surgery in May to have a cyst on his brain removed. He has been limited this preseason.
The Bulldogs have showcased tailback tandems in recent autumns, with both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel eclipsing 1,000 rushing yards during the 2017 season and D'Andre Swift and Elijah Holyfield turning the trick last year. Holyfield elected to bypass his senior season and went undrafted, signing a free-agent contract with the Carolina Panthers, and Swift is back for a junior season that may or may not involve sharing the load. Swift has averaged a robust 6.8 yards per carry for the Bulldogs, but patient senior Brian Herrien hasn't been shabby, either, with his 5.3-yard career clip. James Cook is a smaller back by comparison who proved to be elusive last season as a runner and a receiver, while former five-star recruit Zamir White had his freshman year halted by a torn ACL last August. White was cleared for the start of August camp, but how he responds to tackling in games remains to be seen. Freshman Kenny McIntosh could give Georgia five quality backs.
This position has undergone a complete overhaul since the end of last season. Terry Godwin, Mecole Hardman and Riley Ridley, who combined for 100 catches a year ago, have since been drafted and are vying for NFL respectability, and Jeremiah Holloman was dismissed from the team earlier this summer. As a result, the returning receiver with the most production is Tyler Simmons, who caught nine passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns last year. Demetris Robertson and Lawrence Cager have experience, but most of that experience was elsewhere, with Cager having arrived this summer as a graduate transfer from Miami. Robertson transferred from California last summer and had a 72-yard touchown run in the Austin Peay opener, but he went all season without a catch. Matt Landers, Kearis Jackson, Trey Blount and Tommy Bush are making a push for playing time, and heralded freshmen Dominick Blaylock and George Pickens could be on the field sooner rather than later. Charlie Woerner headlines a tight end position that contains Tennessee graduate transfer Eli Wolf, redshirt freshman John FitzPatrick and true freshmen Ryland Goede and Brett Seither.
There may not be a deeper and more talented position group anywhere in the country. Junior left tackle Andrew Thomas is a two-year starter and a preseason All-America candidate, and he was joined on the first team at the start of preseason practice by left guard Solomon Kindley, center Trey Hill, right guard Ben Cleveland and right tackle Isaiah Wilson, a former top-20 national prospect. That lineup relegated former five-star signees Cade Mays and Jamaree Salyer to second-team status, but the competition that also includes Warren Ericson, Owen Condon, Justin Shaffer and D'Marcus Hayes has been constant. Freshman Clay Webb was the top center nationally in the 2019 signing class, and Xavier Truss and Warren McClendon were four-star tackle prospects, so it may not be a stretch to claim that Georgia's second-team line would be among the three or four best in the Southeastern Conference. "I think this will be the most talented line we've had," Thomas said. "There is a lot of work that we still need to do, but we want to be the driving force that carries the team."