Smart not ready to ponder Eason's starting future

Anthony Dasher, Editor
GA Varsity

Radi Nabulsi

The question was posed point-blank to Kirby Smart: Would Jacob Eason resume his role as Georgia’s starting quarterback once he is cleared to play?

The Bulldogs’ head coach couldn’t say.

“I don’t know if that’s a fair question,” Smart said. “I think the question is No. 1, what is cleared to play? Is that 100 percent healthy or is that emergency backup? I think a lot of that is determined by how (Jake) Fromm is playing. We’ll make that decision when the time comes. It’s not like we’re going to sit here and make an ultimatum. It’s going to come as his health improves.”

Exactly when that is remains to be seen.

Although Eason returned to practice on Monday, it’s uncertain when he’ll be cleared to get back on the field.

During the media’s brief time at practice Tuesday, Fromm and backup Brice Ramsey were seeing all the first- and second-team reps with Eason making the occasional throw.

“Jacob’s throwing the ball, he’s done some drops,” Smart said. “He got to take some reps; y’all got to see him throw a little bit out there.”

Eason has missed the last two games for Georgia after spraining his left knee midway through the first quarter of the Bulldogs' win over Appalachian State.

In his place, Fromm has completed 34 of 57 passes for 449 yards and five touchdowns heading into Saturday's game against Mississippi State (7 p.m., ESPN).

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