ESPN analyst slows down the hype train on Jacob Eason

Jacob Eason looks for the play call in Georgia's spring game

Despite the season being over two months away, plenty of personalities have already offered their opinion on whether or not Jacob Eason should start at quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Hines Ward said the freshman from Washington should play, while former Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo tried to slow the hype train on the college freshman.

ESPN analyst Tom Luginbill joined the two in offering his opinion on Eason. Luginbill, who is ESPN’s National Director of Recruiting, also played quarterback in college.

“If you go back and actually watch Georgia’s spring game and you watch all the plays in which Jacob Eason was blitzed, where he was confused and you watch the result of the play, there’s a lot of cause for concern,” Luginbill told The Out of Bounds Show on ESPN 105.9. “What we saw with the highlights, whether it was the SEC Network or on SportsCenter, was a handful of plays where everything was base (defense), it was tailor-made cover-2, cover-3, no pressure, know where to go with the ball, nothing changes post-snap and you look like a superhero.”

Luginbill also compared Eason to former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Cook led the Spartans to a Big Ten Championship last year, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in the 2016 draft.

Eason, who was a 5-star recruit and the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2016, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, completed 19 of his 29 passes in Georgia’s spring game for 244 yards and a touchdown. He joins Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey as the quarterbacks competing for Georgia’s starting job in 2016.

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