The task was a daunting one from the start but Dylan Fromm has handled it.
Fromm, the younger brother of Jake Fromm, the starting quarterback at the University of Georgia, was given the keys to the Warner Robins offense by head coach Mike Chastain and asked to make it run.
Fromm has responded to the challenge with 3,437 yards of passing and 35 touchdowns this season and is one of the main reasons that Warner Robins is 14-0 and playing for a GHSA 5A State Championship as they host Rome on Friday night.
Fromm transferred with his brother Tyler from Houston County to Warner Robins this year and despite never having started a varsity game, felt he was ready. “I played two years behind Jake at Houston County and he did everything he could to have me ready when it was time for me to be a starter,” Fromm said. “Jake and Coach Chastain basically taught me everything I know about being a quarterback.”
Fromm admits that he did have some first game jitters as Warner Robins, coming off of a 3-8 season, met up with cross-town rival Northside. “Sure I was nervous, but nerves help me and once the game starts they all go away,” Fromm said. “I knew that we had prepared for five months to be ready for the season and I had seen how hard these guys had worked. It was pretty obvious that they didn’t want to go 3-8 again.”
Fromm has a capable receiver corps led by Julius Cobbs who has 67 catches and Jaeven West with 61, but Fromm spreads the ball around. His twin brother Tyler has 42 catches, while Marcayll Jones has 36 catches. Running back Jarius Burnett has 39 catches to go with 1253 yards of rushing.
“All of those guys work extremely hard and I have been very blessed to have an offensive line that protects me,” Fromm said. “This has just been a crazy year and we have handled the adversity of a long football season. I don’t really know if I ever could have even dreamed this season.”
Fromm knows one thing is probably slowing down his recruitment from colleges but still believes he will earn the opportunity to play college football. “I am 5’11 or maybe 6 foot tall and that has kept the bigger colleges away but I want to play,” Fromm said. “I love football and I know I just have to work harder to get the opportunity. I don’t have any doubt that I can play at any level.”
When asked the question if he was more nervous when he was playing or his brother Jake was playing the answer was almost expected. “I am probably was more nervous when he is playing because he is in some pretty big shoes at Georgia and in front of a lot of people,” said Fromm, who talks to his brother three to four times a week. “I know he is supporting me and will try to be here for the game, but if he can’t do it I am sure he will be listening or getting details.
Fromm is optimistic about his team’s chances in the state championship game. “We know Rome is a very good football team, but we have put in the work and we feel like we are ready,” Fromm said. “This year has been crazy and we just want to keep it going for one more game.”