Georgia's Kirby Smart: 'Jacob Eason Is Our Starter Going Into The Season'

Georgia's Kirby Smart: 'Jacob Eason Is Our Starter Going Into The Season'

Joined ESPN.com in 2011. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a NY city based stand-up comedian.

Best case scenario: In his second season as the starter, quarterback Jacob Eason starts playing with the consistency that was missing in his game as a true freshman, and the offense becomes one of the most balanced and explosive in the SEC. If Georgia is going to beat Florida this year and compete for an SEC title Smart says the key will be developing a consistent running game.

A lot of the similarity comes from the strong rapport built throughout four seasons. You've got to beat them out. The decision for both of them come back had Smart in "total elation".

"For me it's important that you understand as the head coach of the University of Georgia, I'm proud to be there, but we embrace those (expectations), the coaching staff, we embrace those as our players", Smart said.

Chubb posted his second 1,000-yard season previous year with 1,130 yards and scored eight touchdowns, while Chubb had 840 yards and four scores. Chubb would love to break Walker's record, but it would take an extraordinary 1,836-yard season to do that. Eason went 16-for-36 for 311 yards and two scores and an interception.

With 18 returning starters, including 10 on the defensive side, Georgia is hoping to improve on their 8-5 record from a year ago. Fromm was matched with the second- and third-team offense, facing the second- and third-team defense. That would appear to take pressure off Fromm to play right away.

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb both return for their senior seasons. You need to be behind them, encourage them and I feel like this year our offensive line has worked exteremly hard in the off season.

After mentioning that Georgia will hold a viewing party for fans to visit the Bulldogs' indoor facility and rewatch the 17-10 victory against Notre Dame in a Sugar Bowl that allowed the 1980 team to win the national championship, Smart was asked if the September 9 road game against the Fighting Irish can serve as a springboard for the 2017 squad.


With a veteran defense and two 1,000-yard running backs, is there a need for University of Georgia football coach Kirby Smart to put his team on the shoulders of sophomore quarterback Jacob Eason? He's basically saying this is Eason's job to lose.

"If I had to compare Roquan to anyone it would be CJ Mosley, athletically and the way he can move in space", Smart said.

"Nick and I are seniors so we have been down this road before", Michel said.

Smart said Eason also benefited from working with Peyton Manning and his brothers at the Manning Passing Academy this summer.

"Sony impacts our team vocally more", Smart said.

"A lot of that falls on Jacob's shoulders". His next step is carrying it over to the field.

"The expectations he brought and the standard, just got higher and higher and bigger and bigger".

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