Eason and “the other guy”

If I didn’t know any better, somebody sounds a trifle optimistic about the progress of his star sophomore quarterback.

Kirby Smart continued to offer praise for the Georgia offense as a whole and for quarterback Jacob Eason and tailback Brian Herrien in particular as the Bulldogs conducted their first controlled scrimmage of the spring on Saturday at Sanford Stadium.

“He’s come a long way,” Smart said of Eason in a post-scrimmage briefing back at the Butts-Mehre football complex. “He’s more confident in the pocket, he’s more confident in protections, his decision-making is better, and his accuracy has been better.”

Just as quickly as he said that, Smart quickly added a qualifier that should keep him from getting overconfident.

“But he’s getting challenged because the other guy did well, too,” Smart said, referring to true freshman backup Jake Fromm.

Whatever blows your skirt up, Kirby.  I don’t care about the whys, just the results.  And those sound promising.

But the talk of the day was the progress of Eason, even though Smart remains reserved in his praise.

“Jacob is in a better spot right now than he was this time last year,” the second-year head coach said of the second-year starter. “… Most of the guys out there now with the exception of J.J. Holloman he has worked with before. I don’t know if it’s the factor of working with him or just working period.”

Eason’s overall mastery of offensive operation is the area most improved, Smart said.

“He is much more experienced, so when the call comes in he’s knows he’s looking for this, this and this. Where it used to be, ‘what’s this call and what do I do?’” Smart said. “So he’s come a long way.”

I know it’s early.  But I also know Smart is usually tightfisted with praise, especially early on.  So let’s hope this means something.


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7 responses to “Eason and “the other guy”

  1. Jack Klompus

    Nice to see that Jake E is performing well. It seems Kirby is doing a little better job this year speaking well of his players vs last offseason- seemed he didn’t do much more than bash them.


    • Dawgtired

      Jake E? Is that both of them combined? 🙂


      • Macallanlover

        Probably, I am sure the two of them together have us in a better place than we were last Spring. Sure hope we are letting them be rushed, and hit some. When you know you are in a “safe room”, things are different and don’t tell you much about the quality of passing you will get in the Fall. Also hope we see the 1s against the 1s on GDay. There is hope for that, I heard the offense will wear black and the defense red, that sounds very promising. Any one know for sure?


  2. Uglydawg

    Maybe Eason, or someone close to him..told KS that he was about fed up with the negative narrative. I think the kid is going to be great!


  3. LSU

    I think the CMR holdovers back Eason, while Fromm seems to be more embraced by those in kirby’s corner, just my observance from coach O’s spring practice


    • Got Cowdog

      Nah. I was ready for CMR to go. Glad he got Eason for us, just wish he had focused on his surrounding cast a bit more. I hope Fromm red shirts then wins the Heisman in 2020. Good luck with Coach O. He speaks the language and loves the state, hope to see you in the Championship. 😎