“Running is definitely not one of my strengths…”

Run, Jacob.

… so why didn’t he choose to run out of trouble more often?

“A lot of it was freshman nerves,” Eason said after the Liberty Bowl. “Moving around wasn’t my big thing and wasn’t my skill set, so I wasn’t comfortable doing that. Now, when the opportunity is there, you’ve got to take it.”

Running was never hailed as the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder’s primary asset last winter, when he enrolled early as the top quarterback nationally according to ESPN and Rivals.com. It wasn’t by the end of last season, either, but Eason had discovered using his feet was getting him out of dire predicaments.

Eason had 15- and 8-yard runs against TCU in Memphis, with the former his longest of the season, topping a 12-yard scramble at Missouri. His coaches hope to see more of that ability.

“He’s got to understand where the sticks are and to go get them,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said after the Liberty Bowl. “He scrambled for a couple of first downs that were big momentum swings, and I just think that Jacob is growing up.”

Said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney: “He’s still just so young that he doesn’t always know when to do it.”

First off, when you’ve played your high school career in a shotgun, five-wide set, the need for you to run simply isn’t there.  Second, I suspect that having Eason run early on last season wasn’t exactly a high priority on Smart’s and Chaney’s to-do list.  So laying all of that on the kid is a bit unfair.

That being said, if the defense is gonna give you something, you’ve got to learn how to take advantage of it.  Getting the green light is great, but you still have to know how to drive the car properly.

Apparently Eason’s getting some lessons on that from a couple of skilled drivers.

Smart said in Memphis that Bulldogs tailbacks Nick Chubb and Sony Michel spent time with Eason during the bowl practices to teach him some tricks of the trade.

“With the two best running backs in the nation, it’s not hard to learn from them to see what they do,” Eason said. “Obviously I’m not going to run like them, but they give me an idea.”

I’m really looking forward to that first Eason stiff-arm that extends a run.

 

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19 responses to ““Running is definitely not one of my strengths…”

  1. UGA85

    The rules in football have totally opened this up. You can hardly touch a running quarterback now. Having an immobile quarterback in college football today is like playing with one arm tied behind your back. Just the threat of Eason running next year should help open things up, slow down blitzes, etc.

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  2. sniffer

    In my view, Eason’s growth and improvement will be the x factor for success next year. As Jacob goes, so goes Georgia.

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  3. Hogbody Spradlin

    Eason has shown he’s not afraid of contact. That’s half the battle.

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    • 92 grad

      Yeah, he’s a big kid too, prob outweighs all his receivers and maybe a couple tight ends too…..maybe he should go to tight end classes to get used to taking hits.

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  4. reality check here

    I know everybody is classifying both Stafford and Murray as pro style quarterbacks but both of them had success running the football. Stafford’s running ability was a shock because everybody wanted to talk about his arm. He had a lot of success running. He wasn’t that fast but he saw everything on the field and took advantage of it. Everybody likes to talk about arm strength but time and again seeing the field well is the most important aspect of quarterback success. Eric Zeier may be the best example of that. Eason’s ability to see the field better will impact both his passing and his running.

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    • Got Cowdog

      Stafford was also tough as shoe leather, and a leader.

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      • Macallanlover

        As was Murray. I can’t knock Eason’s courage, he took some shots last year and went for the marker . But he does need to realize when to run, and that he is often the unaccounted for back. I am more concerned about accuracy when throwing on the run, that alone can make him a more effective runner.

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        • Got Cowdog

          I think he will be OK. One thing I remember about Stafford in particular was how much he matured physically while he was here. If we see that kind of change in JE, that stiff arm Bluto mentioned will have some zip on it.

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        • Still my favorite Aaron Murray play … even with the guys dropping like flies on that sandpit that masqueraded as a football field in Knoxville. Murray basically said to everyone we are not losing.

          I have no doubt that if we lost our entire linebacking corps, Aaron would have put an extra chin strap on his helmet that day and tried to tackle every Volunteer with a ball.

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  5. AusDawg85

    Said offensive coordinator Jim Chaney: “He’s still just so young that he doesn’t always know when to do it.”

    Oh, I think he learned pretty quickly. Only so many hits from SEC DE’s before you realize you need to get moving to save your own ass. Jacob tried to stay behind the LOS and find a receiver instead of tucking and running. That will be the only difference this year.

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  6. Junkyardawg41

    It’s all academic if Eason doesn’t improve his accuracy this year. Having a couple of good runs against a TCU team that hadn’t practiced for it is different from having teams expecting it.

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