Jacob Eason’s Maturation As Leader Will Dictate UGA’s Season

    Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason has a season of experience under his belt. Now he needs to step up as both a player and leader to make the Dawgs a title contender.

    March 22, 2017

    Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason has a season of experience under his belt. Now he needs to step up as both a player and leader to make the Dawgs a title contender.


    As soon as he announced that he would be playing college football at Georgia, the pressure has been on Jacob Eason to become the quarterback to take the Dawgs to their first national title since 1980.

    After a freshman season flush with ups and downs – 2,430 passing yards and 16 touchdowns but eight interceptions and a 55% passing percentage – he returns with experience and a loaded backfield starring Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. For head coach Kirby Smart, it is now about taking control of the offense as its pilot.

    “From a leadership standpoint, he’s got to do a better job of communicating in the huddle, doing all the things that maybe a freshman would struggle to do when he’s getting by for himself. He’s got to help others now. I’m starting to see that. He feels more comfortable now having been here a year than he was obviously in year one.”

    A year of experience will certainly allow Eason to rally his teammates, as he is no longer the freshman phenom but a guy they have been through the battles with. Smart has already seen improvements from him on the field as well.

    “Offseason conditioning, I got to see him run, jump, move, do all of the physical traits of a quarterback. I think he’s in better shape, I think he’s moving around better. I thought as the year went, he got more comfortable being mobile in the pocket. I saw that in the offseason conditioning program. I was like ‘This guy is a lot better athlete than we give him credit for.’”

    The expectations are high in Athens, and the Dawgs should be the favorites to win the SEC East. If Eason progresses as a player and leader, Georgia could soon be playing for bigger prizes than a trip to Atlanta.

    That is what Georgia fans are expecting – and maybe demanding – after seeing rivals Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and LSU bring home national titles in the last decade. The hunger has reached the starving point, and nothing less will be viewed as a success in the next three years.

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