One of the strengths of the Georgia offense during the 2017 season was their offensive line. Not only did they pave the way for a dominant running game, but they kept their freshman quarterback, Jake Fromm, clean in the pocket, which was critical to his development throughout the season.
However, the Georgia offensive line finally met it’s match in the National Championship Game against Alabama.
Fromm was pressured 19 times on his 37 dropbacks, easily the highest rate he faced all season.
Of Georgia’s five starting offensive lineman, only left tackle Isaiah Wynn played a clean game, allowing zero pressures on 37 snaps in pass protection. Each of the other four starters, however, allowed at least three pressures apiece.
Fromm handled the pressure reasonably well, completing 6-of-14 pass attempts for 121 yards, however, pressure contributed to each of Fromm’s two interceptions in the game.
On the season, Fromm completed 53.2 percent of his passes under pressure—a remarkable rate for a true freshman playing against tough competition on a weekly basis. So this is an area of strength in Fromm’s game. But any quarterback facing pressure as many as 19 times in a single game is likely to make a few costly mistakes, which is what happened to Fromm against the Crimson Tide.