“He’s got to practice just like everybody else has got to practice.”

Jacob Eason’s teammates and his head coach haven’t noticed any problems with his demeanor.

That’s probably because they lack the keen observational powers and expertise of Eason’s long-distance Internet psychoanalysts.

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  1. John Denver is full of shit...

    Hah!
    Thank u for this.

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  2. Jack Burton

    Odd that they are even talking about it…

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    • Media asked; they answered.

      What’s so odd about that?

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      • Biggus Rickus

        I think the logic goes something like this. Fans and media people speculate based on flimsy sideline observations. The media asks coaches and players questions based on the speculation. If they answer, then they’re just putting a positive spin on it. If they don’t answer, there’s something there they’re trying to keep under wraps. It isn’t possible that the speculation could be wrong.

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        • Yeah. Can you imagine the comments we’d be reading here, if the team and Smart entered a general “no comment” in response?

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        • Hogbody Spradlin

          Rickus, I’d say the speculation arises from (a) big recruit starter gets replaced; therefore (b) he’s gonna mope and transfer. With respects, sideline observations aren’t even necessary.

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          • Biggus Rickus

            That’s probably true.

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          • Otto

            I don’t expect Eason to mope as it isn’t the mature response that you’d expect from a leader even if removed from leadership.

            The simple truth with a highly recruited QB is only 1 QB is on the field, and other schools would likely want his services if they aren’t being used on Saturday. If you were the starter fight to get the job back in a respectful way. If he doesn’t win the job back, evaluate circumstances and options at the end of the season.

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      • Jack Burton

        Gotcha. Not surprising that they defended the kid. Better than the internet psychoanalysts and body language experts who are capable of determining that he is into the game, celebrating with his teammates, etc.

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        • Cojones

          Add to that the cameraman’s panning of the bench and sideline to see him uninvolved in the game and the questions were inevitable. I’m sure it remains on YouTube since it was replayed on TV with those camera shots intact from the game. You may want to look for yourself.

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          • most people on sidelines are “uninvolved with game” since the game happens in between the lines.

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            • Cojones

              And most QBs involved with what’s going on the field will be on the sideline keeping up because he knows he will be going in at any moment if crap happens. I look at Eason as the senior QB who can help the QB in the game with what he learned facing these same teams last year, also he could engage other O players during the game as to the tendencies the QB or linemen are noting while they play, i. e., he’s engaged with the team’s play. I look for Eason to continue to be the QB running this team and who is ready to reengage at a moment’s notice.

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  3. Jt (the other one)

    “That’s probably because they lack the keen observational powers and expertise of Eason’s long-distance Internet psychoanalysts.”

    LOL!!!!!!

    Good stuff!

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  4. Sanford222view

    But in this case with Eason it is obvious! He wears his hat backwards. That is a clear indication. Haven’t you learned anything about hat position from Matt Stafford?!

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  5. DawgFlan

    I was hoping you would have a wry take on this, and you did not disappoint. Beautifully put.

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  6. It’s amazing to watch a fan base turn on Eason as quickly as many have. He was hailed as a savior when he arrived on campus and was the center of attention at #93KDay. He was thrown into the deep end of a shark-infested pool last year as a true freshman in a throwaway season and won a bunch of games behind a shaky offensive line with an OC who didn’t scheme to take advantage of his strengths. 10 months later he’s a bum that some have said he needs to stand on the sidelines to ask Fromm the proper number of ice cubes for his Powerade. Now those same people who hailed him as savior pretty much have said, “Don’t let the door hit your @$$ on the way back west.”

    I want the team to play the QB that gives us the best chance to win. If that’s Fromm, fine. If it’s Eason, fine. I also want our fans to show some class to a guy who could have changed his mind twice after coaching changes (Bobo then Richt).

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    • Uglydawg

      Nice post. I doubt it’s really that many “fans” that are acting this way. I certainly hope it’s not the “fan base”.
      While all would agree that Fromm is a heck of a football player with great competitive, leadership and athletic qualities (the kid just looks like he was made to go out there and compete for UGA), I would hope that they would realize that Eason also possesses the same set at a lower level in some areas and perhaps higher in other areas. They are both very good.
      The emergence of the amazing running attack has been the real story of UGA’s great year..but there is one other factor that I think is important..Fromm’s propensity to make a quick decision and run for needed yardage several times. Also his confidence level is high. These are the two areas that Eason must improve on and I’m betting he has and will continue to.
      I don’t care which one marries my grand daughter as long as one of them does.

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      • Fromm’s running ability has been a pleasant surprise. Eason didn’t run much last year and mainly only to buy time to throw. You’re right … both have skills and both need to work on some things. Fromm has the “it” factor. Eason has the NFL size and arm. Hopefully, Fromm can develop physically and Eason can mentally.

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      • Mayor

        Try for Eason as your granddaughter’s beau Ug. He’s a likely NFL high draft pick.

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      • Actually, I think that “fans” started in on Eason as soon as Fromm showed up on campus. I am surprised that anyone of his teammates were able to comment because according to a lot of observers Eason rarely was at practice because he hangs out too much Downtown.

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        • Does it really make sense to you that Smart would tolerate that?

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          • No – I was joking … I left off the ;-). But there have been groups of our fans who started calling from Fromm to be the starter as soon as he stepped on campus and have made comments about Eason’s off the field activities/proclivities for Athens nightlife.

            Personally, I am Team Eason on this one. I think he is the best QB on the roster and if the coaching staff didn’t believe that in Game 1 then Fromm would be been the starter. I don’t think Eason is healthy enough yet to be the starter.

            This coaching staff has already been through a season with a true freshman starter. Maybe that experience helped them craft a game plan that will work better this time around. Clearly the offensive line is playing much better, the receivers are playing much better, and the defense and special teams, all of which led to better success this time out.

            I am ecstatic with Fromm’s play but nearly every analyst in our games have pointed out that he makes his passing read and decision pre-snap. He locks onto a single receiver and stays with it. Fortunately, he has been adept enough to make the right decision on the throw and has made few mistakes.

            I do think the coaching staff is reluctant to make a change at this point, especially if Eason is 100%, and not disrupt what is working really well. However, if we get to a point where Fromm is struggling and Eason is healthy, I hope he comes in and lights it up.

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          • Otto

            These things always get me. You mean to tell me a college kid who happens to be a tall, long haired QB at a major SEC program with one of the best college down towns is spotted enjoying an evening out. I am shocked, completely shocked.

            I don’t see Smart allowing him to skip practice and view that as internet garbage.

            He has struck me as a mature kid who has handled the press and QB competition with tact. I expect him to do what he can in practice to win the job back. I don’t expect him to mope or cause drama. As I posted above if he doesn’t win the job back, I would expect him to consider his options at the end of the year. He only has a handful of year of eligibility only 1 QB gets meaningful playing time, and he likely has the skills to get drafted if he starts in college.

            As a head coach Smart also has to consider the possibility that if he isn’t starting, he is a risk to transfer and manage the roster accordingly.

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        • ChiliDawg

          If you don’t hang out downtown some while in Athens, what’s the point in going to UGA at all?

          Also, I would submit that most people who recognize Eason downtown wouldn’t recognize Roquan Smith except as “looks like one of the football players.”

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    • paul

      I continue to think it’s not only entirely possible but perhaps even probable that Eason wins the job back later in the season. Fromm is doing great, no question. But keep inmind he’s been asked to do very little. Can we beat Auburn or Alabama with such a limited playbook? Maybe. Maybe not. Most of the few passes Fromm has thrown have been pretty safe calls. He’s benefited from a much improved offensive line and a stable of running backs that can rotate in and out and stay fresh. I’m not complaining. He’s done admirably well. But he hasn’t had to put the team on his back and win. Something Eason has done multiple times behind a vastly inferior line. Each has strengths and weaknesses. But Eason’s experience and arm may put us in the best position to win late in the season. My grand daughter is much too young for either Fromm or Eason so I don’t have a dog in that hunt.

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    • Greg

      If you gonna use the “Powerade” comment, at least give me credit. What I find funny is that someone does not see the humor in it. Obviously, it was all tongue in cheek…..I bet you are more fun than a barrel of monkeys at a party. I also find it humorous that if some think that Fromm is best suited for the starting QB, that it is an indictment on Eason. I’m pretty sure that most want both QB’s at UGA….I know that I do. Loosen up dude, quit taking things so seriously on here. We are 6 & 0, I’m happier than a pig in slop. If you are mad because of the QB situation, go tell Smart. IDGAS, as long as it is the best one.

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      • Yep, you said it and the snark didn’t translate very well to the computer screen.

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      • ChiliDawg

        Riiiiight. You definitely don’t have a preference that you try to sell us all on every time the subject comes up or anything.

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        • Uglydawg

          Yeah..I think his last point there was a bridge too far. He’s right, though, in his insistence that Fromm is very capable..and I think it comes from just being tough and confident. I get the feeling that if the Patriots called him and asked him to sub for Tom Brady next Sunday he’s show up ready to rock-n-roll.
          But Eason isn’t chopped liver..and will still be needed and used. I wouldn’t be surprised to see either of them starting by UF…wouldn’t disturb me either way..and knowing we have the other as a backup if things went south is a peaceful, easy feeling.

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        • UGA85

          And what if I do have a preference for Fromm? Kirby does too, apparently. Does that make me “an Eason hater”? Isn’t it better just to let another person disagree with you without pulling out silly labels like that?

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        • Greg

          Why in wide world of sports would I want to sell you or anyone on anything…..ridiculous, makes you sound paranoid.

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    • Debby Balcer

      Amen and amen

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    • Reinmart

      Slow clap of approval. Couldn’t say it any better.

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  7. Uglydawg

    First..let me be the first to nominate “Speculation” for the lexicon.
    Also….
    Nice piece of sports journalism. Seth didn’t build any phony intrigue or insinuations, I thought.
    That won’t be the case with some Atlanta writers…soon enough.

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  8. Jared S.

    Go Dawgs!

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  9. ChiliDawg

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Eason haters.

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  10. Scorpio Jones, III

    What’s with the bandage on Fromm’s arm? (Implant from Chaney’s computer?)

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    • Dylan Dreyer's Booty

      I have been meaning to ask that question. I never heard of an injury and there is some bulk to it – could it be hi grade lithium batteries that keep his interior computer running? I really would like how.

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      • Russ

        He took a big hit on the arm in the Tennessee game, but I’m not sure that’s what the bandage is. That was my first thought when I saw the bandage, though.

        Kirby needs to remind him that he’s not taking hits from 175lb high schoolers anymore. Sliding is just fine.

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      • Otto

        SO this is why GT didn’t want UGA to get Engineering.

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  11. 92 grad

    I haven’t read up on it but it seems to me that a bunch of reporters are having to walk back those “Dormady status in question” speculations from yesterday? Looks like a bunch of reporters are pouncing on any drama that might happen…

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  12. Gene Simmons

    These same “Fans” will bail on Fromm just as quickly, should Fields come in and excite them-that’s the sad part.

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    • Or, Fromm makes some bad decisions in the Mizzou game, gets yanked and Eason bails us out..

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      • Macallanlover

        At which time, a change should definitely be made. Hopefully Eason will be ready and demonstrate he is the better choice. It all happens on the field of play folks, not in the recruiting rankings, or in the battle for internet superiority. I would love for Eason to perform better than what we saw last season, or what we have seen from Fromm the first 6 games. We may need an upgrade for Auburn and Bama, and I don’t care which one it comes from. Improve, grow, move forward. The teams near the end are better than what we have seen, most of us want us to succeed.

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  13. PTC DAWG

    I still say Eason is in a tight spot.

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  14. ASEF

    General Rule of Thumb: The media only pays attention to things audiences have proven they will consume. We call that “capitalism.”

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  15. Cojones

    And now, any observation asking if anyone else notices something about Eason is to place that fan into the Eason-hater meme. Nice argument made to place people into different QB-hater camps.

    Trumpism has come to this football blog.

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    • Oh, FFS.

      The issue isn’t “noticing something”. It’s making assumptions about his character that you pull completely out of your ass from the other end of a TV camera.

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      • Cojones

        Who has made assumptions about Eason’s character by noting what a camera seems to show in one game? And I resent being placed in a group that does characterize where he goes and takes shots at his private life. I’ve disdained that about judging players since I’ve blogged here.

        I’m all for Eason reentering our Dawg games, especially to see him with a better line in front of him than was the play last year. I’ve always considered him the QB of this team because he paid for it in spades last year.

        I don’t have to defend what is placed here as an observation and, having never disparaged his play, am concerned if his lack of play could dim his objective to enter into the fray again. Your vision of my words is a bit low of the mark, Senator.

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        • Well, gosh. Forgive me for misconstruing this.

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          • ChiliDawg

            The kids call this “dropping the mic.”

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            • Cojones

              I asked a question that you and Chili have not replied to, but others were open enough to reply and in a manner that didn’t slide you into one camp or another. Your try at setting up a big 1-2 QB fuss is really a reach with what I posted. I read the article you posted yesterday and was glad to see the remarks from coaches and teammates. Guess they all didn’t come here to see what fantastic observation I had posted, but it could mean that there were observations of the same thing by others (as there has been here if you keep reading replies in kind to what I posted).

              Trying to set up opposing encampments by interjecting your supposition from my post won’t prove to be as easy as you may have thought when there are people who post after reasoning for themselves.

              To all that may be interested, I have made no remarks concerning an affinity for either QB’s play above the other and think that assailing a player’s character at UGA is as repugnant as trying to stomp a QB’s reputation before he transfers in and has thrown a ball as a graduate student as Greyson did. Continuing to post negative things about him didn’t even let up after he established a new collegiate passing record for UGA. The old axiom of beating a dead horse doesn’t include beating a live one until he dies or eventually fails to carry a load while behind the same type of O-line that Eason played behind last year.

              You of all people shouldn’t be chastising posts about QBs and trying to characterize those posts Senator.

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              • Spin as you like, but, again, I didn’t read

                Morose is the best description that seems to describe his approach to getting on the field and he is just plain glum while sitting on the sidelines.

                Yeah, I know that sounds insensitive, but he has control over such feelings and ,yeah, I wouldn’t feel swell in his place while watching something you have prepared for so long go south in front of thousands of people.

                or

                Makes me think that he doesn’t agree with any coaches who certainly are telling him he is wanted and that we may depend entirely on him when he is one Fromm injury from returning to his place he had for a year. Damn, man, get into the game by cheering for those who are making your spot the most sought after position in CFB right now. Your team needs you to focus.

                … as asking a question. Sure sounds like an answer based on little more than amateur, long-distance observation.

                I have no interest in setting up opposing camps. I’ve said all along I’m happy with whichever kid Kirby thinks is the best option to win. Further, nobody who states a preference for whomever of the two is in the wrong for expressing that choice.

                I simply object to people behaving like dicks when it comes to judging Eason’s character.

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                • UGA85

                  Great choice of words in that last sentence. Are you sure you aren’t judging people a bit yourself? I certainly don’t remember words like that being used to describe Eason. But you freely use descriptions like that to describe those who simply disagree with you. “Hater” is another great word being thrown around. Surely words like these are unnecessary, aren’t they?

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                  • Okay… how would you describe someone who analyzes Eason’s behavior based on what he/she sees on TV and internet message boards to conclude that his attitude is negative or lackadaisical, despite the fact that his head coach is still quite clearly in his camp?

                    I don’t really see much difference between that and the folks who used to criticize Richt for being forthright about his religious beliefs.

                    You like one kid or the other, be my guest and say so. It’s your soapbox. If you don’t like being challenged on shoddy thinking, though, then maybe steer clear of character analysis pulled straight out of the ass.

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                    • UGA85

                      Kirby has said a lot of things about Eason. Some have certainly implied that he could be a better student of the game. Earlier praise of Fromm’s attitude and work ethic was given while withholding such statements about Eason. And it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the difference in engagement between the two on the sidelines. And Fromm, the less talented of the two, is our starter. Do these observations make me some kind of hater? Of course not. I wish the best for both. I don’t see why this has to be so offensive and polarizing to some.

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                    • This doesn’t sound equivocal to my ears, but apparently your mileage varies.

                      “I think he’s doing a great job,” coach Kirby Smart said after practice Tuesday. “He’s very mature, he’s handling things the right way.”

                      Have I accused you of being a hater?

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                • Cojones

                  The question was posed in my post that you referenced. It never occurred to me in earlier posts about the nonexistent QB situation that people might like to explore (at AJC or Barnhart) that I was stepping on your toes and that you may have wanted to pursue that line. Sorry about that.

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              • Greg

                Well said by both you and UGA85…

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            • Cojones

              You would know about kids, sonny.

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        • Dog in Fla

          Are you a CEO, CFO or other executive commenter facing these or similar charges? Why should you go to jail for a comment someone else noticed? You don’t need double talk. You need Bob Loblaw. No habla español.

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      • The Truth

        To say “he/she doesn’t look happy” is a commonplace observation that thousands of people make about thousands of other people every day. In the context of how last Saturday and his season to date have gone I can speculate as to why Eason might have that look.

        But I fully admit that he might be perfectly happy even if he doesn’t look that way to me. And my observation that he doesn’t look happy doesn’t mean that I don’t want him to be UGA’s QB now or in the future if in fact our coaches determine he is the best man for the job — I do. And it doesn’t mean I want him to transfer — I don’t. But for God’s sake don’t disparage me as some “internet psychoanalyst” just because I make the commonplace observation “Eason doesn’t look happy.”

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        • I hear where you’re coming from, but I don’t have any interest in getting into a debate about how many shades of gray can be packed into an observational paint box.

          Instead, what I keep coming back to — and I’ve yet to see anyone challenge me on it — is a simple test: can you honestly say to yourself that Kirby Smart would tolerate a kid who [insert observational analysis here]?

          Eason won the starting job last season and kept the job this offseason. But suddenly now he’s an emotional puddle because of an injury and Fromm’s emergence? And Smart’s enabling him? Occam’s Razor should be your friend here.

          Eason isn’t the only Georgia starter who’s lost that role in 2017. Trent Thompson’s seen Tyler Clark start ahead of him twice and is now out with an injury. How come nobody’s turned their amazing observational skills his way?

          It’s one thing to be excited about the way Fromm has performed this season and to express a preference for him as the starter. It’s quite another for someone to insinuate that Eason’s behavior is a factor in the decision when that person doesn’t have the first direct clue about the speculation. If that counts as disparagement, then I plead guilty.

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  16. Jared S.

    I made some comments on this blog a week or two ago how I got the impression from the little I saw on TV that Eason’s attitude seemed a little lackluster. And specifically that he looked like he was thinking, “yeah yeah, whatever” while CKS was talking to him right before putting him in for some garbage time.

    I added the qualifier that this was merely my impression and that I obviously had no clue as to what was going on in Eason’s head.

    Regardless, I was accused by someone here of committing a sh$&ty deed against Eason. And besmirching his character.

    I thought that was carrying things about far — acting like I was a character assasine. But regardless, after some thought I came to the realization that I would think it was pretty sh$&ty if I was in Eason’s shoes and someone questioned my zeal/interest. So I won’t do that again.

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  17. Biggen

    It’s hard to believe Eason isn’t feeling some level of resentment that a freshman has beat him out of a job that was his… I mean, I think that would be pretty normal behavior. Even more kudos to Eason if not and is taking this all in stride.

    Color me skeptical that UGA keeps three 5 star QBs on hand going into next season however.

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  18. W Cobb Dawg

    The problem with kicking a$$ in every game is that announcers, reporters, and those watching have little else to do than speculate on side issues. Such is life on top of the heap.

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  19. ugafidelis

    Through no fault of his own, Eason was in the nucleus of the fantastic turmoil that was last season. He was a true freshman with a bad OL. He was having to learn a new system, navigate the coaching staff overhaul, and wade through any issues in the locker room resulting from said overhaul (Remember the “karma bitch” leak?). All of that combined for a poor season and as the QB he probably gets an undeserved bad rap from some folks because of it.

    On the fans’ end I think the primary reason for the “debate” is that Eason has proven what he can do in the clutch. Fromm hasn’t proved what he can do in those same circumstances. Hallelujah that he hasn’t! I’d say that’s a great problem to have.

    I have had questions about Eason’s touch and accuracy and I’ve voiced them on here in debate. I even made a comment in jest on here that a pass Fromm had thrown beautifully; Eason would have thrown through the uprights! But yeah, I’ll admit that I bought into Fromm pretty quickly once he took the reins. But that’s ONLY because we were winning. Looking back rationally I’d say if Eason hadn’t gotten hurt he’d still be starting and we’d most likely still be winning. And I for one would be damn happy with that. I’d also be damn happy thinking about the future after seeing at how good Fromm was looking when he came in to mop up. I just want us to win.

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    • Macallanlover

      I think we are way past that just wanting us to win. It is personal to some, and having selective memory helps them feel secure. I personally don’t hear, or see, many haters for either. But as usual, it has to be an either/or, black/white discussion for so many folks here. Kirby has an uncomfortable situation to deal with, but it isn’t a hard call for what to do one the field. That is a pretty simple call, and it will work itself out there…not on these boards. Now the situation at the end of the year, and as we move forward may get very difficult and, potentially, result in loss of a QB. But even there we have more good news, another savior has been born and is on the way. So next year, it seems likely we will have a minimum of 2 five star QBs to help make it through 2018. There is much angst about very little, imo. How many teams dream of having this type problem? And how many fan bases would handle this slam dunk easily while UGA fans reach for their switchblades ready to carve each other up?

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  20. AusDawg85

    One was recruited by Richt, the other by Kirby. Assumptions and reactions could be falling within those fault lines. And if that turns out to be a real thing between Eason and Kirby I really wouldn’t be surprised, just a little disappointed for Eason. He’s got such a bright future no matter what.

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  21. Paint

    Man, it’s your blog, I’m just glad to be here. Ohio State did beat Saban/Kirby’s D with their 3rd string (start of the season) qb. Did so by taking the top off the d and stretching the field. Didn’t hurt that Cordelle could fall forward for a four yard gain if pressured. I recall Hermann and Kirby meeting during that off season. Total confidence in Kirby. We need both, and, I believe, they are both 100% mentally invested in team first. That’s not a camera angle analysis. Thatt’s my opinion. Analysis is Eason won 1.5 (-.5 Vols wasn’t on him) games last year on last possession (almost) drives. Have we played from behind this year yet? I’m not saying pull Fromm, Eason is deserving of reps as the gameplan and iactual game dictates. Mizzou, that’s as far as I’m looking. Peace, and thanks for putting this blog out there for us. Labor of love no doubt. It is appreciated.

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  22. Always amazed at the angst caused by college football. 6-0 and be happy, no matter who is QB. And yes, folks reading into side line camera reactions is weird. Oh damn, he spit at 3:34 PM. That is bad and means he is moody and unhappy. Now if he spit at #:40 that would be great.

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