Georgia Bulldogs fans won’t have to wait long to see their top recruit at quarterback take the field as Jacob Eason is set to start Saturday against Nicholls State according to a report by Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald. The move comes after the freshman led Georgia to a comeback win over North Carolina in Week 1 with two 70-plus yard drives that led to scores.
Eason will take over for fifth-year senior quarterback Greyson Lambert, who isn’t without his merits with an 11-2 record as a starter for Georgia. He was clearly out-performed by the freshman in Week One, however. Lambert threw for 54 yards on five-for-eight passing while Eason racked up 131 yards and a touchdown on eight-for-12 passing, including a 51-yard completion that led to a field goal.
According to head coach Kirby Smart, the quarterback competition isn’t over yet. “We’re going to continue to have competition each week regardless of who trots out there first on Saturday,” Smart told the Banner-Herald.
While Lambert has had some success at the collegiate level, Eason has a chance to be the sort of top-flight quarterback Georgia hasn’t had since Matt Stafford. As a senior in Lake Stevens, Washington, Eason was ranked as the 5th-best recruit in the country, according to 247Sports.com and the best quarterback in his class, according to ESPN.
Following their win over UNC, Georgia moved up to ninth in both the AP and Coaches polls for Week 2. Nicholls State should offer a relatively easy transition to the starting role for Eason and, presumably, a solid chance to retain the job with a strong performance. He will be the first freshman to start a game for Georgia since Stafford started in the third game of 2006.