Han Vance on Georgia football: Late in the 2016 football season, Kirby Smart’s first back in Athens, as head football coach, inexperienced players who had come on strong seemed keys to the immediate future. They weren’t.
Quarterback Jacob Eason was a number one overall high school recruit out of exurban Washington state, who had played his best in the opener in Atlanta in relief, on a single late bomb pre-Hail Mary versus UT in Athens and at the Cocktail Party. He didn’t appear to evolve much at all beyond those big games, taking an 0-2 mark as a starter in them. By Tech time – winning in Athens on a second consecutive try via an egregious Eason interception late – the bloom was clearly off the rose, as his completion percentage would remain too low.Continue Reading