ATLANTA – Georgia is in the College Football Playoff, but this season has not gone as expected for Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason.
He became the starter in Game 2 last season as a true freshman and big things were thought to be on the horizon. Instead, he suffered a knee injury in the first half of the season-opener and never could get the starting job back from true freshman Jake Fromm.
Eason has played in five games this season, attempting seven passes, and he saw time in just one of Georgia’s past five games, handing off in the second half of the Bulldogs’ rout of Kentucky. But he says friends and family have kept him from feeling sorry for himself.
“My parents raised me on ‘There’s going to be things that happen in life that are out of your control,’ ” Eason said after the Bulldogs beat Auburn to win the SEC title. “So I knew that and I accepted my role. I talked to my parents a little bit about it, and it wasn’t that big of a deal. I talked to a couple of my roommates and friends that are on the team about it. They’re all there for me whenever and I’m there for them.
“It’s been a pretty smooth ride.”
Eason also said he has been impressed by Fromm.
“He’s a great and phenomenal kid,” Eason said. “He’s a hard worker, energetic guy and is going to bring it every day. That’s what I love about him and everybody loves about him.
“He wasn’t really expecting what happened to happen, and I wasn’t really either. I think he did a tremendous job of taking that role and going where we are now with it. I’m proud of the kid, excited to see what he does. … He’s had a great season.”
Eason was asked about his plans to stay or leave after this season.
“I’m taking it day-by-day,” Eason said. “I’m a Bulldog now.”
It is not farfetched to think Eason will transfer; he would have to sit out the 2018 season if he does so. Fromm obviously is set to return next season, and Georgia also has a commitment from five-star quarterback Justin Fields, considered the top prospect nationally in the 2018 recruiting class.
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