Many UGA fans were reveling in freshman quarterback Jacob Eason’s invigorating performance in Saturday’s spring game. Chalk up SEC Network pundit Booger McFarland as an Eason believer.
McFarland was clearly impressed by Eason’s physical ability, and quickly put the early enrollee at the top of the list among the conference’s best passers, although he did stop short of going all in on the youngster just yet.
Jacob Eason might be the best passer in SEC already, doesn't mean he is the best QB but he can spin it
— Booger (@SECbooger) April 18, 2016
Eason completed 19 of 29 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown in his spring debut. Some of the 93,000 fans in attendance may have walked out of Sanford Stadium hailing Eason as the program’s savior. But coach Kirby Smart isn’t ready to hand Eason the keys to his program.
“To me, (Eason) was 60-something percent, Brice (Ramsey) was 60-something percent and Greyson (Lambert) had two drops and one bad decision, but he was right at 50 percent with a couple drops,” Smart said after the game. “So for people to say that, maybe they should go to coaching 101.
“Because I don’t see that being the case. What I see going into fall camp is three guys that have three different traits. And all three of them have got some growing to do.”
The point McFarland and Smart are both making is this: While vastly talented, Eason is still a true freshman who hasn’t taken a snap in a college game.
Eason can’t be UGA’s savior until he earns the starting job first.