Man, I’m not sure anyone has described the expectations for Jacob Eason tomorrow like Stewart Mandel does here.
No other spring game in the country this year will garner the same level of buildup as Georgia’s annual G-Day on Saturday. First-year head coach Kirby Smart has been pushing for months to get 93,000 fans to fill Sanford Stadium. The school created a #93KDAY campaign. It even booked Ludacris this week as a pregame entertainer.
With all due respect to the aforementioned Grammy winner, those 93,000 will be coming primarily to see another person.
Jacob Eason, the consensus No. 1 quarterback recruit in the class of 2016 who committed to Georgia prior to his junior year of high school, makes his long-awaited public debut. His arrival comes none too soon for a fan base that suffered through the nation’s 104th-ranked passing offense last season.
Here’s my first question for you: if Eason comes out of tomorrow looking competitive – not necessarily better than Lambert or Ramsey, but definitely no worse than on even footing with them – should that be enough for Chaney and Smart to declare him the winner of this spring’s quarterback competition? After all, I think we had our fill last year of seeing what happens when you don’t name a starting quarterback until mid-August.
And my second flows from that: how good are you going to feel about Georgia’s passing game in 2016 if the coaches don’t name a starter after G-Day?