ATHENS — Whether or not Jacob Eason will return to start at quarterback remains an open question. But the sophomore does appear to be moving closer to being game-ready.
Eason was doing more at practice Tuesday, at least during the media viewing periods, than he has since he sprained a knee ligament in the Sept. 2 season opener.
For the first time since Eason returned to practice last week, he was working second in the pecking order, behind only Jake Fromm, and when the quarterbacks double-repped, Eason and Fromm were throwing together. Last week it was Brice Ramsey throwing second, and Ramsey throwing with Fromm.
Eason looked good during the eight minutes the media was present, which was a non-tackling, throwing against air period. He was on target with his throws, was able to rollout and throw, and took quick-step drops. There was no visible limp or wincing, with the only reminder of the injury being the large gray brace over his right knee.
Head coach Kirby Smart said before Monday’s first practice that he wasn’t sure about Eason’s chances to play Saturday at Tennessee, because it would depend on how much he was able to do at practice this week. Smart is scheduled to meet with the media after Tuesday’s practice.
A few other notes and observations from Tuesday’s viewing period:
- Right guard Solomon Kindley, who sprained his ankle in Saturday’s win over Mississippi State, was again practicing. But Kindley may still be limited, as he was taking reps with the second team.
- Dyshon Sims was again working with the first team at right guard in Kindley’s place. Sims, a senior, replaced Kindley in Saturday’s game.
- Senior cornerback Malkom Parrish was still working out with the defense, though how close to 100 percent remains uncertain. Parrish missed the first three games with a foot injury, then returned to play in dime packages against Mississippi State.
- The Bulldogs were holding a half-inside, half-outside practice, with the offense inside the new indoor facility and the defense outside, at least while the media was present.