Chip Towers makes a factual point about why we need Jacob Eason on that line.
But if the Bulldogs are to get back to where they traditionally have been offensively — that is, atop the SEC in points scored and total yardage — they have to resurrect the passing game. And Eason represents the best option for doing that.
When Georgia was annually among the leaders in scoring in the SEC, they always had a dynamic passing game. From 2007 to 2014, the Bulldogs always put up at least 2,500 yards passing, and usually well over 3,000 yards. Even when Georgia was rolling with its run game behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall in 2013, the offense threw for 4,085 yards.
Last year that slipped to 2,406 yards. So did scoring, to 26.3 points per game.
Yeah, last year was definitely anemic. But even over the time Towers reviews, there were ups and downs to Georgia’s offense as a whole. Look at Georgia’s conference ranking over the last eight seasons in yards per play.
- 2008: 2nd (6.70)
- 2009: 6th (5.94)
- 2010: 4th (6.15)
- 2011: 4th (5.63)
- 2012: 1st (7.09)
- 2013: 5th (6.66)
- 2014: 1st (6.79)
- 2015: 5th (6.03)
The worst average comes from the year of no running game, 2011. The lowest ranking comes as a result of a Coxian turnover margin. The three best years all came when the offense combined solid running games with experienced quarterbacks. (And 2013 would have been right up there had it not been for the run of injuries.)
So you tell me — assuming Georgia’s running game is great again, is Eason special enough to match what Stafford, Murray and Mason brought to the table as experienced starters?