Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart is currently watching Greyson Lambert, Brice Ramsey and true freshman Jacob Eason battle for the team’s starting quarterback job.
There has yet to be a clear No. 1 emerge, but fans have been hoping Eason, one of the top quarterback recruits in the Class of 2016, can be the answer under center and they’d like to see him get a crack at the starting job from day one.
However, despite the support Eason has, Smart will not be swayed by the fans.
“Do the fans impact my decision? Absolutely not,” Smart said to reporters, according to Seth Emerson of DawgNation. “They can go out there in the spring and cheer for him, but I’ve got to make the best decision for this team. Ultimately, the fans, who their fan favorite is, that’s going to be the guy that wins the game, I promise.
“If Eason loses the game, they won’t like him either. They won’t like me either.”
Fans will get the opportunity to see all three quarterbacks running the offense during an open practice session on Saturday. During that practice, Smart will be looking to see how each player responds to the crowd in attendance.
“They can have people up there put a tick mark by every rep that every guy gets with the ones and twos, like you guys do, and that’ll be fine, too. But that’s not what I’m looking for,” he added. “I’m looking to see how guys respond when they’re out there with people in the stands.”
Eventually, Eason is going to get his chance to lead the Bulldogs offense, but fans may have to wait to see their prized recruit.
After all, Georgia participates in the Chick-fil-A kickoff game against the North Carolina Tar Heels to kickoff their 2016 season on Sept. 3, so Smart needs to ensure he goes with the most prepared quarterback so the new era of Georgia football can get off to a good start.
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