Kirby Smart drops hint at who will be starting under center

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT
ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Head coach Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to a play during the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT /
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Kirby Smart has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success with Justin Fromm as his starting quarterback. But that doesn’t mean that Fromm is a lock to start the season.

Kirby Smart has said that the quarterback position remains in flux like all other positions. In short, the competition for the starting gig seems to be up for grabs.

From an outsider’s perspective, though, it appears that the Georgia Bulldogs are staying the course at the quarterback position. Coach Kirby Smart wouldn’t commit on deciding who would be starting under center. He did, however, drop a hint at who has the inside track at being the starting signal caller. Smart stated that Jake Fromm, last years starting quarterback freshman sensation has been taking the most of the first-team practice reps.

The mere fact that there is a question as to who the starting quarterback is has many puzzled. After all, Fromm, as a true freshman did lead his team to the national title game and performed admirably. That is taking into account that he out dueled a Nick Saban coached squad for an entire half of football.

But right now Fromm is fighting for his job. He’s facing the five star incoming freshman Justin Fields and the two appeared to be neck and neck. But Fromm has the  experience of performing in arguably the toughest conference of the entire college football landscape.

How do the two quarterbacks compare against each other

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Fromm completed 62 percent of his passes last season for 2,615 yards, throwing 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

According to ESPN, Fields was the number one overall prospect in this years class. He managed a 10-2 record in high school and produced 4,187 passing yards, 2,096 rushing yards with 69 total touchdowns. Here is some of his high school tape from his final game presented by Capture a Star

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At this point however, it’s safe to say that experience will likely be the overall factor as to who wins the starting job. And Fromm finished a season in which he lead Georgia to its first Southeastern Conference championship in 12 seasons.

So Fromm likely starts vs. Austin Peay September 1.