In a series of tweets yesterday, William McFadden broke down some of the tape from G-Day. You can go check his feed out if you want the entire analysis, but I wanted to focus on just a few things he put up highlighting the quarterbacks.
First, compare these very similar plays called to start the game for both Eason…
… and Fromm.
This gets back to a point I made in my Observations post about G-Day. There was a noticeable difference in the first team secondary’s play versus that of the second team’s.
Fromm did a lot of good things in the scrimmage. Here he reads the blitz right and gets rid of the ball quickly.
And this may be my favorite play of Fromm’s from the day.
He showed some maneuverability and good field awareness there.
On the other hand, while this play starts off well enough,
… it almost ends disastrously. (Against a good SEC defensive back, it wouldn’t have been almost.)
Then there’s the game’s flukiest play.
He missed reading the open receiver, threw off balance, but was saved by the defensive back’s whiff and Simmons staying with the play. Again, that’s likely a different result against a conference defender.
As far as Eason goes, it was also a mixed day. On the interception,
… Eason forces a throw because he’s under pressure, but look at the routes the receivers are running. That whole side of the field looks crowded. It’s a poorly executed play all around.
On the other hand, feel free to drool over this.
Eason reads the blitz, the line gives him just enough time and he makes a killer throw.
That’s what a great arm, given enough time, can do.
And one more.
Folks, there aren’t many college quarterbacks who can do that. There just aren’t.
The point here isn’t to argue for one Jake over the other. (I don’t think Eason did anything to loosen his grip on the starting job, but I digress.) It’s that I’m excited about what I see there from both players.
In terms of quality depth, this appears to be shaping up as the best quarterback situation Georgia’s had since Richt’s early run with Greene and Shockley. Give Eason and Fromm adequate pass protection and some consistency from the receiving corps and the passing game could be resurrected into a real threat quickly.