And The Valley Shook takes a look at how redshirt sophomore starting quarterbacks have fared in the SEC over the last eight seasons. Two things to take away from the data: one, generally speaking, it ain’t easy. And if it’s not easy for a kid with a year in his school’s system under his belt, what does that say about a true freshman’s chances?
Which is not to say it’s a totally preposterous decision. (The sarcastic bastard in me notes that starting Eason in 2016 as a play for the future still makes more sense than starting Bauta on less than full practice reps against Florida did. But I digress.) It’s worth noting, though, that’s a decision that’s going to lead to a fair share of lumps taking in the short term.
Oh, and the second thing? Aaron Murray was a helluva quarterback.