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Kirby Smart Weighs In On Expectations For Jacob Eason

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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart says the coaching staff has manageable expectations for freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.

Before he takes his first meaningful snap as a Bulldog, the hype for freshman quarterback Jacob Eason is at an all-time high. It has been since before he even stepped foot on campus as a student in Athens. However, head coach Kirby Smart says that doesn’t come from the coaches.

“I’ve spent a lot of time with him early in the spring and talking to him and making him aware that there was going to be a burden, an expectation that he didn’t have to meet,” Smart said on The Paul Finebaum Show. “There was no expectation from us [coaching staff].”

That may be true from Smart and the staff, but Bulldog fans are chomping at the bit to see this kid get on the field and lead their team.

Standing 6-foot-5, 208 lbs and boasting a strong, accurate arm, Eason is the prototypical quarterback. He stuck with Georgia even after the departure of Mark Richt, and now with all eyes on him has worked hard during the spring. According to Smart, having offensive coordinator Jim Chaney by his side has helped Eason tremendously.

“We want him to do the best job he can do each day,” Smart said. “He’s focused really hard on that. Coach Chaney has been a big part of that. He’s developed a lot of good quarterbacks in our league. He’s been a great person for me to lean on in the development of all the quarterbacks, but especially with Jacob being so young.”

Will Smart have any problem starting a true freshman when it comes to the first game against North Carolina in the Georgia Dome?

“I have no objection to him [Eason] starting the first game,” Smart said. “I want the guy that gives us the best chance to win to start the first game.”

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