Pros and cons: Eason v Lambert for the starting UGA QB gig
The quarterback competition at Georgia between Greyson Lambert and Jacob Eason appears far from over.
Lambert started the season opener against North Carolina — before Eason took over. Eason then started last weekend against Nicholls State. The true freshman out of Washington displayed some inconsistency — which is to be expected for a young player. Lambert played sparingly in the narrow 26-24 win.
Per ESPN's Stats & Info, Georgia is averaging 7.3 yards per play with Jacob Eason at QB and 4.9 yards per play with Greyson Lambert at QB.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 15, 2016
@ClowESPN Chubb is averaging 7.32 yards per carry with Lambert at QB and 4.41 with Eason. Kirby says more to do with blocking than QB.
— David Paschall (@DavidSPaschall) September 15, 2016
When looking at the situation from a face-value standpoint, Eason is the more talented quarterback physically. He’s got a better arm and can make throws to all spots on the field. Lambert might not possess the tools physically, but the fifth-year senior has been in virtually every situation a college quarterback can encounter.
On the year, Eason has gone 19-of-32 for 335 yards and two touchdowns. Lambert has accrued 56 yards on 7-of-11 attempts. There’s no question which signal-caller is more prolific when delivering the football. However when looking deeper into the situation, the run game functions much better with Lambert behind center.
On the other side of the coin, Georgia averages nearly three more yards-per-play with Eason as the signal-caller. This may be skewed a bit due to Eason getting more time on the field, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
With the meat of the conference schedule staring head coach Kirby Smart dead in the face, it will be interesting to see how he’ll approach the position going forward. Starting a true freshman on the road against SEC competition isn’t usually a recipe for success — although it often does make sense to start the most talented player at the spot.