Maybe the best man won.

We saw Justin Fields’ less than stellar stats from Ohio State’s spring game, along with the reality that he’s pretty much a lock to start for the Buckeyes this fall.

It seems that much the same story is playing out at Washington with another former Georgia quarterback.

In the wake of senior quarterback Jake Browning’s departure, Eason, Haener and Morris will continue that competition this fall. Eason — a former five-star prospect, Lake Stevens product and the heavy favorite to start this season — completed 7 of 12 passes for 42 yards and a touchdown, while being sacked four times, in the Spring Preview.

Of course, maybe it’s just the case that Ohio State and Washington have much better defenses than Georgia does.

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22 responses to “Maybe the best man won.

  1. Got Cowdog

    I hope Eason lights it up this year, I’ll be breaking my long held tradition of not watching anything other than the SEC to see how he does. That being said: 4 sacks? He had a lot of practice running for his life at UGA, he ought to be able to dodge the left coast pass rush. Maybe he’s rusty.

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    • Jeff Sanchez

      Hard to extrapolate from a spring game, but it seems he may be holding on to the ball too long as he did over and over here

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    • Reverend Whitewall

      Remember too tho, spring game sacks mean he got touched, not tackled. A lot of times it’s a guy who gets a hand on the QB but wouldn’t necessarily have been able to bring him down if the QB was fully live. So I wouldn’t read TOO much into the sacks.

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  2. Hobnail_Boot

    Fromm (#11) > Eason (5) + Fields (5)

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  3. Uglydawg

    Not bad numbers when you consider the defense must have been putting a lot of pressure on him…four sacks.
    Or possibly he’s holding the ball too long…
    Maybe he threw some good passes that were dropped.
    You can’t just look at a statistic and draw a solid conclusion.
    Like everyone else, I’m hoping he has a stellar season.

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  4. 3rdandGrantham

    OSU literally has zero depth behind Fields, and if he were to get hurt, their season would quickly tailspin. I mean, even FSU is questioning OSUs lack of QB depth. What is so ironic is that many OSU fans have been complaining about all their QB departures, and now that Fields is in the fold they want to close the transfer portal immediately. How convenient.

    It’s obvious that Fields was promised the starting job and has been treated like the golden child since arriving; it will be curious to see how much he truly progresses as a result with nobody pushing him for playing time. Big 10 D’s lack talent and aren’t exactly speedy, so I think Fields will do fairly well there, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t live up to his billing and causes more problems than they are worth either.

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  5. Macallanlover

    Wouldn’t bury him because of those one-day stats but it does seem surprising since he has been on campus for 15 months and should be comfortable in the offense. Four sacks on one QB, now that is a lot of havoc for spring time. Hope he does well and reaches his dream, but I still think the recruiting services go too far in ratings that get over-inflated based too heavily on height and arm strength of QBs.

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    • When you consider a sack in a spring game is typically 1 or 2 hand touch (unless you’re the savior Faton Bauta), that stat means absolutely nothing without seeing the film.

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      • JD

        ^^^^ This + 1

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      • Macallanlover

        I agree, realize they weren’t take downs, but there usually isn’t any exotic blitzes allowed either. Something may be amiss with their OL, but as you say, you cannot judge without seeing the film. If they got their hands on him four times, you can bet they were getting close other times. Still telling that Peterson didn’t indicate Eason had separated himself from the others. 12 throws isn’t many opportunities, plus the 4 sacks of course, and 6 yards per completion is below average. Eason wasn’t very accurate on long throws in his time in Athens. Time for the young man to step it up, or a lot potential will have been wasted.

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        • 1smartdude

          More than likely, the sack total is based on his inability to move around in the pocket. It was an issue when he was here and most likely remains.

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  6. Senator – not sure if you have the Audible on your podcast rotation (Stew Mandel and Bruce Feldman). I find Feldman to be pretty well plugged in with good sources and he’s made multiple comments this offseason that what we saw on the field his freshman year (struggling to scan the field and finding open receivers) wasn’t just a function of a bad O-line. I think everybody accepts that he has all the arm talent in the world, but Feldman has hinted that members of the UGA coaching staff weren’t crazy about his ability to read the field.

    Hope like hell he succeeds given he had to sit out (especially in the current environment where QB’s get transfer waivers like candy), but it wouldn’t surprise me to see him fizzle at Washington.

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    • Classic City Canine

      Fromm doesn’t exactly see the field well either. He doesn’t throw over the middle much at all (which killed our TE receiving numbers).

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      • Biggus Rickus

        He had trouble with it as a freshman, maybe because he didn’t see it or maybe because he wasn’t confident in it and didn’t want to throw picks. He threw over the middle quite a bit more last year. I still think he was more comfortable throwing wide, but he did progress.

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  7. South FL Dawg

    If you take the scrimmage and forget Eason’s year starting and extra redshirt year in the program, yeah they’re identical.

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  8. Jack Burton

    Eason still ridiculously slow to pull the trigger. BIG SURPRISE

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  9. JCDawg83

    5 star, top rated pro style qb coming out of high school, early enrollee at Georgia, a full season of playing as starting qb at Georgia, another full Spring and Summer as starting qb at Georgia, a full season as backup qb at Georgia, another Spring, Summer and full season of practice as a redshirt at Washington. Since Eason is not being touted as the next Peyton Manning at this point, I’d say the word everyone is searching for is “disappointment”.

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  10. TMCDAWG

    I’ve said it all along, if he doesn’t know when to put touch oh the ball he is never going anywhere.

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  11. TMCDAWG

    I’ve said it all along if he doesn’t learn TOUCH on his passes he is never going anywhere.

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