Kyler Murray empathizes with Jacob Eason. The Oklahoma backup quarterback had a similar path to the Georgia backup quarterback: Highly touted, believed to be the quarterback of the future … then stuck in uncertainty, and on the bench. Murray was one of the top quarterbacks in the 2015 class when he committed to Texas A&M. Midway through his freshman year in College Station, he started three games for the Aggies, before being replaced by Kyle Allen. He transferred to Oklahoma in the offseason, where most anticipated he’d have to sit only one year behind eventual Heisman winner Baker Mayfield. But after a Big 12 rule change, Mayfield got a year back, and has starred the last two seasons for the Sooners while Murray sit and waits. Does a similar fate await Eason? A five-star prospect in the 2016 class from Seattle, Eason was supposed to Georgia’s starter for the foreseeable future. But a knee sprain in UGA’s first game this season sidelined him, which forced the Bulldogs to insert true freshman Jake Fromm. Georgia was rolling by the time Eason got healthy and, according to offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, “it’s hard to make a change at that spot” then. Saturday at Rose Bowl media availability, reporters crowded around Eason — presumably for the first time since being relegated to backup status — to ask about his season, his future and how he’s handled a less-than-ideal situation. “It was more different than tough,” said Eason, who was 204-for-370 passing for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman last season. He mentioned that he’s been in this position only one other time, when as a freshman Lake Stevens High he broke his arm and couldn’t play. “In football you’re going to deal with adversity. We were going great places and winning games, and I understand what coach Chaney and (head) coach (Kirby) Smart want to do. … I’m a player on this team and they’re the coaches. I’m not going to fight (their decisions). I think what they did was right — I mean look where we are now.” Chaney said this week he has not talked with Eason about a potential transfer. “Jacob has handled this situation as good as any human being could ever handle it,” Chaney said. “It’s been hard on him, I know it has. It’s been difficult. I love him to death. He’s a wonderful young man, but that’s all I’d really like to talk about with (this situation) because … it ain’t about him. It’s about our football team.”
Georgia backup QB Jacob Eason doesn't question his role: 'Look where we are now'
USA Today | Dec 30