And so it went. On a day when former Georgia quarterbacks Jacob Eason (349 yards passing 4 TDs for Washington) and Justin Fields (234 yards, 4 TDs, 1 TD run for Ohio State) had big days for their new teams, Fromm was having a good one for his old one. The junior and third-year starter was 7-of-8 for 97 yards passing and a touchdown through a quarter and a half. At that point, the Bulldogs already were up 21-0.
Helped by three 15-yard personal-foul penalties, Vandy was able to get on the scoreboard with a pair of second-quarter field goals. The second one was a 46-yarder and came with just 4 seconds remaining in the half.
There was as much intrigue about who might be suiting up for the Bulldogs as anything coming into Saturday’s game. Being an SEC game, only 70 players are permitted to travel and dress out for each team. That left the Georgia coaches with some interesting decisions to make.
For instance, more walk-ons than might’ve been expected made the trip. Most notable of those was third-string quarterback Nathan Priestley, a freshman from California. He was standing in for D’Wan Mathis, the freshman signee who had to have emergency brain surgery over the summer.
The breakdown by position group ended up being eight wide receivers, including freshmen George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock and graduate transfer Lawrence Cager; 10 offensive linemen including freshmen Xavier Truss and Warren Ericson; 10 defensive linemen, including first-year players Travon Walker and Tramel Walthour; seven inside linebackers, including freshmen Nakobe Dean and Trezman Marshall; five outside linebackers, including freshman Nolan Smith; 12 defensive backs, including rookies D.J. Daniel, Lewis Cine and Tyrique Stevenson; and six running backs, including freshmen Kenny McIntosh and Zamir White and walkon Prather Hudson.
The Bulldogs also brought two walk-on long snappers in Steven Nixon and Payne Walker, a walk-on punter in Bill Rubright and a walk-on place-kicker in Brooks Buce.