Though not necessarily a surprising decision due to their varying levels of experience, Georgia will not begin the Jacob Eason experience in Week 1 this season as it has chosen Greyson Lambert to start at quarterback in Saturday’s season-opening game against North Carolina.
Lambert, a fifth-year senior who threw for nearly 2,000 yards with 12 touchdowns in 12 starts last season for the Bulldogs, beat out the five-star freshman for the job, a team spokesman confirmed to the Athens Banner-Herald. The decision was previously reported by Dawg Nation.
Eason was the crown jewel of new coach Kirby Smart’s first official recruiting class in February when Smart retained the blue-chip signal caller despite the departure of Mark Richt. Eason was the No. 5-ranked player in the country by 247Sports and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback. After a spring game in which Eason played quite well, there was buzz that a true freshman might actually get the reins in Athens, Georgia. Apparently that’s not the case, not for now anyway.
Eason on Wednesday night sort of coyly tweeted out a reference to this decision. The strange thing about this, and why it points to Lambert being named QB1, is that Eason rarely tweets. When he does, this is not normally the type of tweet he sends out. It definitely stands out.
Trust in his plan. Trust the process. 🙏🏻
— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) September 1, 2016
Interestingly, momentum had seemingly been building for Eason to start. Here’s Seth Emerson of Dawg Nation before a Georgia scrimmage last week.
Indications prior to the scrimmage were the job was Eason’s to lose, the caveats being either Eason struggling on Saturday, or the coaches deciding to go with the veteran Lambert against North Carolina, but bringing Eason off the bench.
Something turned, though. Maybe Smart wanted somebody he felt he could trust more going into the North Carolina game. Maybe the scrimmage last weekend went poorly. Who knows. Smart only has one media availability between now and Saturday’s game, and it is a radio show on Thursday night.
What we do know is that Lamber was good enough last year for Georgia to go 10-2 with him as a starter. The only losses UGA incurred with him at the helm were at Tennessee and Alabama at home. I have a feeling this QB race is far from over as Smart has said this back and forth will likely last all year.
Source: CBS Sports / Georgia goes with Greyson Lambert over Jacob Eason as starting QB vs. UNC