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.