In fact ESPN writers today anointed Jacob Eason as their consensus pick of whom it is who has the best long-term potential of the 4 SEC True Freshmen Quarterbacks who were named Starting Quarterbacks 2016 season.
“4 true freshmen — Jake Bentley, Jacob Eason, Jalen Hurts and Shea Patterson — starting for their respective teams. All four were ranked in the ESPN 300 the year before, and it’s easy to see that all four have bright futures.”
Edward Aschoff: Jacob Eason, Georgia
“This is a tough one when you consider that Hurts helped Alabama to a national championship berth and Bentley dazzled at South Carolina during what should have been his senior year of high school. Then there’s Eason. He can spin the ball better than any of his 2016 classmates, but his decision-making was an issue against good defense. Still, I’ll take that arm strength and his potential all day. Eason, who started all but one game last season, threw for 2,430 with 16 touchdowns. He completed only 55 percent of his passes and threw eight interceptions, but you just can’t ignore his arm talent. Also, he didn’t have elite receivers or offensive linemen around him. He must learn how to read defenses better, but think back to how he led that victory at Missouri. Think about the grit he showed against Auburn. Go back to that perfect Hail Mary against Tennessee. Eason took his lumps, but he might be the SEC’s most improved player in 2017, and he’ll battle for an All-America spot soon enough.”
David Ching: Jacob Eason, Georgia
“Give me Eason. I know his true freshman season was not perfect, but he still passed for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions behind a shaky offensive line and with limited weapons at wide receiver. Kirby Smart’s staff is improving the talent around its blue-chip quarterback, and I expect to see the kid get better and better as time passes.”