ESPN analyst: Despite strong spring game, cause for concern with Jacob Eason
Just days after former Georgia offensive coordinator and Jacob Eason recruiter Mike Bobo attempted to warn Georgia fans from anointing true freshman quarterback as the program’s savior, ESPN’s Tom Luginbill echoed similar statements regarding such a young player immediately leading the Bulldog offense.
After playing quarterback in college and now serving as National Recruiting Director for ESPN, Luginbill has not only the experience playing the position but the knowledge of projecting and evaluating the elite high school quarterback prospects from around the country on an annual basis. While Bulldog Nation has every right to be excited after watching Eason complete several amazing throws in the spring game, Luginbill wasn’t as impressed with Eason’s overall performance.
“If you go back and actually watch Georgia’s spring game and you watch all the plays in which Jacob Eason was blitzed, where he was confused and you watch the result of the play, there’s a lot of cause for concern,” Luginbill said Tuesday via the Out of Bounds Show on ESPN the Zone 105.9. “What we saw with the highlights, whether it was the SEC Network or on SportsCenter, was a handful of plays where everything was base (defense), it was tailor-made cover-2, cover-3, no pressure, know where to go with the ball, nothing changes post-snap and you look like a superhero.
“So you’ve got to watch the whole body to really start to understand okay, where might this guy still struggle? Where does he have a long way to go? Where is he ahead of the curve? You can’t just take a couple plays here and there and make a guy look better than he actually is.”
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Luginbill went on to compare Eason to former Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook, the winningest quarterback in Spartan history, noting they have ‘above average athleticism’ for the position.
“Tall, long, pocket passer, big arm, can make all the throws and certainly looks the part… Good enough to navigate the pocket but not good enough to extend plays out of it,” Luginbill said.
Many have made the easy comparison between Eason and former Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, however Luginbill believes that is not a fair comparison, as he says Stafford had the best arm he’s seen coming out of high school since 2006.
While it may appear to be a foregone conclusion that Eason will seize the starting job under center for Georgia this season, expecting the true freshman to come in and light up the scoreboard in his first season may not be very realistic either.