ATHENS — Jacob Eason isn’t going to suit up for the Georgia football team on Saturday, but there’s a chance he may be there with his team on the sideline at Notre Dame.
Eason has already been ruled out with a sprained knee ligament. The timetable for his return isn’t known, with head coach Kirby Smart terming him “week to week.”
But Eason, while not seen at practice by the media the past couple days, has stayed around the team.
“He’s been involved in meetings, he’s been involved in everything,” Smart said in answer to a question, then added: “I hope he’s throwing soon. I hope he’s on the trip. I wish he could play.”
Freshman quarterback Jake Fromm will make the first college start of his career. That’s been the story this week, but Smart, unprompted, said that more players than Fromm would have to play well this week.
“This is not the Jake Fromm show. This is not Jake Fromm’s game to win or lose. There’s a team traveling up there,” Smart said. “Everybody’s making a big deal out of Jake Fromm. Jake Fromm’s got 10 other people who have to execute so he can.”
Eason not being able to play is disappointing to his family for more than one reason: His father Tony played receiver at Notre Dame. But that doesn’t mean that Jacob Eason and his family can’t go.
Normally there is a 70-man travel roster limit for SEC games, but this is a non-conference game, so more can go. Smart said he wasn’t sure how many he would take to Notre Dame.
“More than 70,” he said.