ATHENS — Jacob Eason needs to make room in his trophy case for at least one more national award.
The recently-enrolled Georgia quarterback on Tuesday was named the Bobby Dodd National Back of the Year for 2016 by the Touchdown Club of Atlanta. Eason, who hails from Lake Stevens, Wash., already has received national player of year awards from the U.S. Army and Gatorade.
Eason, a 6-foot-5, 207-pound, 5-star-rated recruit, passed for 3,585 yards and 43 touchdowns as a senior at Lake Stevens High last season. His team went 12-1.
Eason was committed to UGA since 2014 and signed enrollment papers last summer, but briefly reconsidered his decision after the Bulldogs fired Mark Richt last month. Eason reaffirmed his commitment shortly after Kirby Smart was named Georgia’s new head coach on Dec. 6, and he began classes at UGA as an early enrollee on Jan. 11.
Rashan Gary, a 6-5, 293-pound defensive lineman from Paramus, N.J., was named the Bobby Dodd Lineman of the Year. Gary recorded 13.5 sacks and 55 tackles during his senior season. Michigan is considered Gary’s most likely college destination, with Alabama a distant second. Though it has recruited him, he does not list Georgia among his favorites.