ATHENS — Amid all the widespread reports that Jacob Eason is verging on being named Georgia’s starting quarterback … he has not actually been named.
Head coach Kirbby Smart declined to say Monday who will start Saturday against North Carolina.
“No, no starter’s been named. We’ll continue to practice guys, and get those guys ready, and when it does (happen that a starter is named) we’ll let you guys know,” Smart said.
He also didn’t say whether they planned on using more than one against North Carolina.
“We’re gonna see how it goes. The first thing we have to do is see who’s going to take the first snap,” Smart said. “We’ll continue to get those guys reps, and get both of them ready to play.”
Eason and Lambert are the top two, Smart acknowledged, with Brice Ramsey now No. 3.
“It’s less about what Brice did and more about what Jacob and Greyson did,” Smart said. “Both of those guys have done a really good job; and to be honest with you, Brice did, too, but we can’t get three guys ready.”
The team has begun gameplanning for North Carolina, and that’s been the latest test for Eason, which Smart indicated he’s done well.
“We’ve gotten a little more into game planning, so he’s done a good job managing those,” Smart said. “We’ll make a decision based on the next couple of practices.”
Eason would become the first true freshman quarterback starter at Georgia since Quincy Carter in 1998. And Carter was the first to do so at Georgia in 53 years.
Carter had a strong debut season, throwing more touchdowns than interceptions and being named SEC freshman of the year. He did have the benefit of being a couple years out of high school, having first pursued a minor league baseball career.
Matt Stafford, the last Georgia freshman to start games at quarterback, had a rougher first season. Stafford, who did not start the opener, throwing 13 interceptions and seven touchdowns over 13 games, eight of them starts.