ATHENS — Jacob Eason was in uniform and passed the ball in warm-ups. But the man who started the season as Georgia’s quarterback was never going to play.
Eason has missed three full games now since spraining a knee ligament early in Georgia’s season opener. It’s still not clear when he will be available to return.
“He could not have played tonight,” head coach Kirby Smart said after Georgia’s 31-3 rout of Mississippi State. “He was not technically cleared.”
Freshman Jake Fromm, starting for a third time in Eason’s place, was basically perfect in Saturday’s win, completing 9 of 12 passes for 201 yards. Two of the incompletions were dropped and the other one was thrown away.
Senior tailback Sony Michel did play, one week after being held out with a sprained ankle. But Michel ended up with less carries (seven for 32 yards) than freshman D’Andre Swift (10 carries for 69 yards), and the ankle may have had something to do with it.
“We had Sony all week where we weren’t sure if he was going to be able to play,” Michel said.
There was at least one injury to a starter during Saturday’s game: Right guard Solomon Kindley, the redshirt freshman, sprained his ankle in the second half. That was a re-injury from the preseason, when Kindley ended up being slowed enough that he didn’t start for two weeks.
“Don’t know how serious it is,” Smart said, adding that X-rays were negative. “So hopefully he’ll be back.”