I realize it’s got to be hard handling the number of times he’s been grilled about Eason’s starting chances, but it seems like Smart spends more time talking about what his talented freshman brings to the table than he does about Eason’s upperclassmen rivals.
On “Russillo & Kanell,” Smart was asked by former Florida State quarterback Danny Kanell how special Eason has to be to start week one against North Carolina.
“Well, he’s got to give us the best opportunity to win the game,” Smart said. “I just know he’s got a talented arm and he’s got to be smart enough and be a good decision-maker to play within the system and not think that it’s all on him in order to be that guy. Greyson has proven that he can play within the system and be disciplined, the system that he was in. Brice has got to prove that as well. All three will get that opportunity in fall camp. Jacob does a special arm talent, but Jacob has not been anointed or appointed that job.”
Of far more interest to me is Smart’s statement that he intends to follow a timetable in setting up the depth chart at the quarterback position.
Georgia will hold two scrimmages this preseason and Kirby Smart would like to narrow down the quarterback race after the second to name his No. 1 guy.
“Obviously, that’s guessing right now,” Smart said about the timetable Monday on ESPN’s “First Take.”
Sure, it may not work out if none of the three steps up, but I like what the coaches are trying to do here. I’m not a big fan of spreading the reps out until the last minute in August, especially with yet another offensive system being installed. Getting to an established pecking order with more time to spare before the opener will allow Chaney to manage the reps better. As a bonus, it should help the three quarterback candidates maintain focus from the get-go. Early on especially, this offense is going to need all the help it can get.