Posted: 8:00 pm Friday, September 9th, 2016
By Jay Black
Jacob Eason takes the reins
So the time has finally arrived for No. 10 and it makes a ton of sense. Eason was the better quarterback against North Carolina, going 8-for-12 for 131 yards and a TD. Greyson Lambert was fine, but Eason is the man.
In his backup role, the freshman gave Georgia no major cause for alarm. He might have made some questionable decisions to throw deep into coverage and was bailed out by some pass interference calls, but otherwise, he didn’t do anything really stupid.
No turnovers and plenty of talent to make the throws that the others can’t. Good start.
Since Eason probably played against tougher competition in the G-Day game, it’s time to give the kid a long look. Because the tough part of the schedule is around the corner and Kirby Smart will eventually have to make a decision.
I expect Eason to play nearly every play of the first of half.
Are there anymore freshman left to play?
Georgia played 12 freshman against North Carolina and won the ball game.
That’s called stealing one.
Brian Herrien asserted himself as a legit backup option to Nick Chubb, with 59 yards on seven carries and a TD. Most importantly, he didn’t fumble. Fellow freshman RB Elijah Holyfield is close to returning and I expect him to play Saturday. Sony Michel (not a freshman) is still questionable. Chubb might get five carries and that’s it, so these guys will be in for a long time.
Georgia’s depleted defensive line needed help from the young guys and David Marshall stepped up with four tackles and a TFL, while Julian Rochester got plenty of work on the defensive line.
Obviously the big headliners in the freshman class last week was Charlie Woerner and Isaac Nauta getting plenty of exposure as blocking tight ends. This will be a great chance to see how they do catching passes and Eason should be throwing a lot to see what he’s got.
Kirby Smart says there are other freshman that deserve to play. DB/athlete Mecole Hardman is one at the top of list of those I want to see contribute.
How well does Georgia’s defense handle a running QB?
Obviously Tuskani Figaro — despite a great name — should be no great threat to Georgia’s defense. But he is good at what he does.
Figaro is the first player in Nicholls State history to rush and pass for 1,000 yards in a season. The senior is already 10th in school history in rushing yards and has seven career games with 100 or more.
But the Colonels have won three games in the last two season and haven’t had a winning season since 2007.
Still, nothing wrong with practice right? Georgia will have to deal with quarterbacks with significant running skill when they face Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech.
So there isn’t always a lot you can take from these paycheck games, but this is one of them and a running quarterback is always a good excuse to keep your players focused.