Before he ever played a down at Georgia, Jacob Eason was being compared to Matthew Stafford.
Seven games into his first season in Athens, those comparisons are still being made.
CBS Sports’ analyst Gary Danielson was the latest to make the comparison while appearing on 680 The Fan’s “The Front Row” show on Wednesday. He took it a step further, however, saying Eason has the most NFL potential for a quarterback that the SEC has seen since the former Georgia quarterback was drafted in 2009.
“You cannot help but to like Jacob,” Danielson said, as pointed out by 247Sports‘ Rusty Mansell.”He is very much like (Matthew) Stafford with type personality and that arm. He is the most NFL potential quarterback that the league has seen since Stafford.”
Eason has started six of seven games for the Bulldogs this season, completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,366 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. For comparison, Stafford tossed for 1,749 yards, seven touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a freshman while appearing in 13 games.
Things turned all right for the Texas native, as the Detroit Lions selected Stafford with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2009 draft. He has since went on to have a successful NFL career, and is looking like a serious MVP contender in 2016.
Georgia’s newest 5-star quarterback has experienced an up-and-down start to his career — showing big-time potential at times while also making a handful of freshman mistakes.
Eason will face his toughest task of the season this week as the Bulldogs take on Florida in Jacksonville. The Gators hold the SEC’s top-ranked pass defense, allowing just 132.8 passing yards per game while accumulated 10 interceptions thus far.
“It is a tough league to be a pocket passer,” Danielson said, per 247Sports. “This league just has a group of defensive ends that most of the offensive lines have trouble blocking. When you have that type of guy, you have to be elite at throwing the ball, because it is tough to block probably 15 to 20 NFL ready type defensive lineman in the SEC.”