SEC Network analyst Greg McElroy gave a strong opinion surrounding a debate that may decide the SEC East race in 2017.
Appearing on the Cube Show with Cole Cubelic, the former Alabama quarterback was asked about two soon-to-be sophomores, South Carolina’s Jake Bentley and Georgia’s Jacob Eason.
While both signal-callers have been saddled with high expectations, one of them has clearly shown McElroy a little more.
"I think Jake Bentley is a better college QB than Jacob Eason at this point & it isn't close"
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) April 3, 2017
There’s plenty of merit to McElroy’s take. Bentley completed 65.8 percent of his passes while averaging 202.9 yards per game, while Eason connected on 55.1 percent for 186.9 yards per contest.
In the process, Bentley took over a 2-4 Gamecocks squad and led the team to wins in four of its next five games, including a 24-21 win over Tennessee that was backbreaking to the Vols’ chances of reaching Atlanta.
Bentley became South Carolina’s starter after the team suffered a 28-14 loss to Georgia, a game in which Eason went just 5 for 17 with 29 yards, a TD and an INT.
“Jake Bentley is much more athletic. He doesn’t have as big of an arm and certainly didn’t have as many stars next to his name when he was getting recruited, but Eason is a statue in the pocket, hasn’t been able to move off his spot.
“Yeah, he makes some throws that make you say ‘wow’ like the throw he made against Tennessee to take the lead late down the left sideline. I mean, that was incredible, but does he do that consistently enough? I think he has too much arm for his own good sometimes and can put a little bit too much heat on the ball, whereas Bentley throws a very catchable ball.”
McElroy went on to call Eason one of the worst deep-ball throwers in the “entire country.”
If you want to check out McElroy’s thoughts about South Carolina, tune in at the 22:00 mark. For his comparison between the Gamecocks and Bulldogs, fast forward to the 26:30 mark.
Cube Show (4-3-17) Hour 4 – Greg McElroy https://t.co/328M9b98TL
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