ATHENS, Ga. – Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason doesn’t appear to be in any danger of losing his starting quarterback job going into his sophomore season, but that doesn’t mean he’s not staying on edge.
Eason said Monday that he doesn’t mind getting pushed on the practice field for the role.
“You treat every day like it’s a competition,” Eason said. “I still prepare the same way.”
And there could be a reason for that.
For one, Eason admitted he’s more comfortable now than he was a year ago, when he almost immediately became Georgia’s starter.
“Obviously this year, I’m a little more in-tuned with our offense. I’ve seen a couple of these defenses and I have a little bit more confidence in that level,” Eason said. “But I think this year, I’m preparing the same way I did and just with the more knowledge I have.”
Eason had an up-and-down freshman season, throwing for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions with a 55.1 completion percentage. To this point of preseason camp, Eason seems to be making the strides needed to improve. As senior offensive lineman Dyshon Sims put it, “you can feel it” about Eason going into the 2017 season.
True freshman Jake Fromm serves as his biggest competition; he, like Eason, was a highly touted quarterback coming out of high school.
“The fuller the QB room is, the better,” Eason said. “Because you’ve got guys in there bouncing ideas off each other. Every rep you’re looking at a different thing. Jake’s a brilliant and smart kid. It’s good to have a guy like this in the room who can challenge you in the film room and on the field.”
Fifth-year senior Brice Ramsey is the other scholarship quarterback on the roster.
In addition to trying to grow as a quarterback with work in Athens, Eason has looked elsewhere. One of those outside sources was his visit with Peyton Manning at the Manning Passing Academy this summer.
Eason said that while Manning did not have specific advice for him to follow, he found common ground between the two based on their experiences.
“He just kind of gave me an outlook of what it was like being a big-time quarterback in the SEC, like he was,” Eason said. “How he handled it, some of the things he did and didn’t do. It was cool to see because he was one of my idols. To learn from him and kind of get experience from someone that I’ve really never had the chance to meet? That was a really awesome experience. I learned a lot from it.”
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