ESPN’s Tom Luginbill says Jacob Eason has one major weakness

Nov 12, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) passes against the Auburn Tigers during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Georgia defeated Auburn 13-7. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

For the Bulldogs to go far in 2017, QB Jacob Eason needs some help. In the opinion of ESPN’s Tom Luginbill, Eason isn’t dynamic enough to carry the team himself.

“Georgia has to find pieces of the puzzle in the offensive line and they have got to find weapons for Jacob Eason because the problem with Jacob Eason is, as talented as a passer as he is, he is not a dynamic player,” Luginbill said on 1010XL Jax Sports Radio’s “Frangie Show.” “You know where he’s going to be in the pocket. He has to win with his mind and his arm, which means you’ve got to have really good personnel around him.”

While some UGA fans will likely take issue with Luginbill calling the former 5-star recruit not “dynamic” enough, most will agree that Eason can’t do it all by himself. Last year, UGA’s top pass-catcher was Isaiah McKenzie, who caught 44 passes for 633 yards. Those 633 receiving yards place him at No. 16 among SEC receivers, behind pass-catchers from 10 other conference teams. McKenzie announced last month that he’ll be turning pro.

Second-year coach Kirby Smart clearly realizes the Dawgs need more playmakers at wide receiver. Four-star WR Jeremiah Holloman, the No. 18 wide receiver of the recruiting class, is already on campus as an early enrollee and will take part in spring practice. The Bulldogs also have commitments from 4-star Mark Webb (No. 22 WR), 4-star Trey Blount (No. 47) and 3-star Matt Landers (No. 97). UGA is hosting 4-star WR Nico Collins (No. 23) on an official visit this weekend.

If those freshmen don’t see the field instantly, there are plenty of talented returning players. UGA signed TE Isaac Nauta, TE Charlie Woerner, WR Riley Ridley and Javon Wims, all rated four stars or higher, in its 2016 class. Former 5-star athlete Terry Godwin will be a junior in 2017.

While many media members cite the return of Eason, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as to why Georgia should be considered the favorite in the SEC East, there’s a strong argument that the offense needs to find a play-making pass-catcher before it can take the next step.

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  • Most freshman qb’s are not dynamic. Hopefully that will happen this fall.

  • You don’t like hearing that a kid isn’t dynamic but He does make some good points. Murray wasn’t a dynamic freshman either.

  • When he says Eason isn’t dynamic I think he’s talking about the fact that Eason can’t take over a game by himself, which is true. He doesn’t have much mobility and needs playmakers to be successful. Last year the line and receivers definitely didn’t help him.

  • I totally agree, I think he will improve a lot by the start of the season. If he hasn’t improved much by mid season he better watch out for Frome. I think he will be alright bc he will have a lot of time in the film room.

  • A never-was Georgia Tech Qb ripping on a 5* UGA Freshman…..who cares.

  • With Kirby Smart consistently snatching defeat from the jaws of victory the whole team isn’t dynamic enough. With the present staff Eason will never rise to the level of Matthew Staford’s jock strap.

    • Whoooa!! Watch out for this guy! Creative genius. “Matthew Staffords jock strap”. Incredible! No filters for you, you’ll say anything!! By far the edgiest commentor on SDS. Can’t wait to see what you’ll say next!!

  • Can Jason Eason lead this team to a secc victory? The last qb(uga) to win a secc who was recruited outside the state of ga was Kirby Moore in 1969.

    UGA’s Championship QBs since 1966:

    1) DJ Shockley 2005 from the state of ga
    2) David Greene 2002 from the state of ga
    3) John Lastinger 1982 from the state of ga
    4) Buck Belue 1981 from the state of ga
    5) Ray Goff 1975 from the state of ga
    6) Mike Cavan 1968 from the state of ga
    7) Kirby Moore 1966 from the state of al

  • Eason was also in the bottom 3 in the SEC when it comes to completion percentage. That has to change and you have to find 3 OL to replace the starters that are moving on.

  • Eason will be in the top 5 in most passing stats in the SEC in 2017. If he just knew how to take a little steam off the close, easy, wide open throws. Just get a little touch so the receivers have a better ball to catch. Also if we don’t let the Hail Mary against UT happen Everyone would think much higher of him & he did everything possible.