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.