New Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart has a huge decision to make in his first season in Athens. Should he go experience and less talent with Grayson Lambert or Brice Ramsey? Or, should he go with inexperience and more talent with freshman Jacob Eason. Dawgnation is anxious to see Eason. But, is that the smart move? No pun intended.
There’s much to consider for Smart. Sure, Lambert and Ramsey shared QB duties last season and have experience. But, they just weren’t good. The Dawgs averaged just 185 yards per game through the air in 2015. Their lowest in ten years. To be fair, those numbers got worse when Nick Chubb went down to injury. The Dawgs run game was ok with Sony Michel for a while. But, ultimately was never the same and that directly affected the passing attack.
While, Georgia has one of the best running back tandems in the nation, they’re both coming off injuries. Chubb, tore his ACL midway through last season and Michel was injured in an ATV incident last week. Michel, broke his left forearm on July 3rd and underwent successful surgery the next day. Just how effective Chubb and Michel will be, especially early could have a lot to say about who starts at quarterback.
If, Smart goes with Eason, it would be nice if he had that safety blanket. Regardless, making the jump from high school to the rigors of the SEC will be extremely challenging. Especially, when there are such high expectations.
Eason, is that 5-star can’t miss guy that fans want and expect to succeed immediately. And Georgia fans have waited for so long. Their last national title came in 1980 with Herschel Walker. They’ve lived through all the good of Mark Richt. However, through all that was good about him, the results, at least recently have been mediocre.
Georgia fans may have to continue to be patient a little while longer. Kirby Smart, looks like a fantastic hire. But, it’s his first time being a head coach. The fans are hungry and are completely in his corner. The sellout crowd at the Georgia Spring Game was firm evidence of that. However, we all know how quickly that sentiment can change on an SEC campus. That’s why the decision Kirby Smart makes at QB is so important. Not just for this season. But, for many seasons to come.