Kirby Smart still not ready to name starting quarterback

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The Kirby Smart era got off to a strong start with the Georgia Bulldogs upending North Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Saturday evening at the Georgia Dome.

During the game, the Bulldogs offense rotated quarterbacks. Both senior Greyson Lambert and freshman Jacob Eason had their share of reps leading the offense and both players impressed their coach.

After the game, Smart gave his initial thoughts on their performances and made it clear the team is still not ready to name a long-term starter.

“There is no plan right now. Right now we’ll assess the tape. We’ll make another decision. I’m sure all you guys will want to know who’s going to start the next game, and we’ll start it all over again,” Smart said. “Maybe you’ll know by Thursday, maybe you’ll know by Wednesday; who knows. We’ve got to figure all that out. I don’t want to jump to any conclusion.

“So only time will tell, but I know this: There’s a lot of good football players out there besides those two who deserve a ton of credit.”

When Eason was leading the offense, the Bulldogs attack was more wide open.

The true freshman flashed his arm strength by testing the Tar Heels deep down field, completing one long ball and also drawing a crucial pass interference deep in Tar Heels territory.

However, there are still aspects of Eason’s game that Smart would like to see improvement on.

“We struggled a little bit with the execution with Jacob in there as far as getting in and out of the huddle and communicating and doing things, but he’s got some other strengths,” the coach added. “I’m really proud of both of them because I went to Greyson several times while Jacob was in there and he was cheering for Jacob. He wanted him to do well, and he knew that he was going to have an opportunity to come back in in certain situations.”

Eason finished the game 8-of-12 for 131 yards and a touchdown. Lambert added 54 yards on 5-of-8 throwing.

Regardless of which direction the Bulldogs go at quarterback, it’s safe to say their bread and butter will still be the strong rushing attack. But you know fans are going to be in awe of the deep balls Eason was willing to throw.

As Smart said, “only time will tell” who the guy is moving forward.

Georgia returns to action next Saturday against Nicholls State at home.

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