I told someone the other day that if Kirby Smart elected to start Jacob Eason on Day One of the 2016 season, it was an indication that the staff had decided to write off winning the East in return for building the program for success in the following season.
There’s a pretty solid rebuttal to that, though.
Following Will Grier’s unexpected one-year suspension in October, Florida won the East without a reliable quarterback over the second half of the season, an indictment on a weak division as much as it was the Gators going 3-1 against SEC competition without him.
The East isn’t exactly a bastion of excellence this season, either. Every team except for Tennessee will either start someone at quarterback who wasn’t the opening game starter last season or has a new head coach. And I’m not sold yet on Tennessee, for that matter.
So, another reader poll for you today – could Georgia overcome the impediment of starting a true freshman quarterback and still make an appearance in the 2016 SECCG?
Comments, as always, are welcomed.