Jacob Eason has handled sitting on the bench well since Jake Fromm became Georgia’s starting quarterback following Eason’s left knee sprain in the Bulldogs’ season opener on Sept. 2.
But what does Eason’s future hold?
The former 5-star player from the Class of 2016 has stayed on the sideline, even after his recovery from the injury. Fromm’s play in guiding the Bulldogs to a 12-1 record, an SEC title and a berth in the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma on Jan. 1 forced Georgia coach Kirby Smart to stay with the former backup’s hot hand.
Still, there’s a big question facing Eason in deciding whether to transfer in the offseason. 247Sports’ Chris Hummer spoke with Eason’s high school coach, Tom Tri, who provided interesting insight into the player’s situation.
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Tom Tri, Eason’s coach at Lake Stevens High School in Washington, calls Eason one of the most loyal people he’s ever met.
“He’s got to balance a sense of loyalty to his teammates and the school that he committed to with ultimately the tougher decision: What’s best for Jacob?” Tri told 247Sports. “You can’t necessarily ask, ‘What’s best for Georgia?’ You have to ask, ‘What’s best for Jacob?’ That’s the question he needs to answer.
“That’s the million dollar question right there.”
It makes sense that Eason should ask himself what’s best for his future. He arrived in Athens with such promise. But his injury and Fromm’s emergence seemingly has changed his path. Eason has thrown for 2,458 yards with 16 touchdowns and 8 interceptions in parts of two seasons with Georgia.
Time will show what Eason will decide. But he would be wise to inspect his situation from all angles.