It’s less than two months until the start of college football season, arguably the greatest time of year for everyone in the South and most of the rest of the country, and Georgia fans are understandably excited about their football team.
Since Mark Richt took over in 2000, Bulldog faithful have been able to enjoy an unprecedented amount of success — SEC championships in 2002 and ‘05, multiple BCS bowl games, and their team has yet to finish in third place in the East. There have been good years and not so good years but on the whole, Georgia has been pretty good.
This season is no different, as Georgia will enter a preseason top-10 pick, the favorite to win the SEC East and is considered a College Football Playoff contender. This team returns freshman stud running back Nick Chubb, who is on the Maxwell Award watch list and will likely be a Heisman Award contender if his team does well. Greyson Lambert, formerly of the University of Virginia, has transferred in and will compete with both Brice Ramsey and Faton Bauta for the starting quarterback position. Although the quarterback position may not look like much on paper, these are the guys that are here and will lead this team. What I have a hard time wrapping my head around is why Georgia fans are so quick to fast forward through this season?
Which brings me to Jacob Eason. If you have been living under a rock or just don't pay attention to college football recruiting, you may not know who Jacob Eason is. The HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR at Lake Stevens (Wash.) High School is about to start his senior season. Yes, his senior season, which means he hasn't even graduated yet. But if you read any number of Twitter accounts, it's all any diehard Georgia fan wants to talk about. Now, I get it. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback is rated by many as the No. 1 quarterback in next year’s class. He is big, strong, smart, etc. But can we pump the brakes for just a second on him and every move that he makes?
The quarterback position has been somewhat of a headache for Bulldog fans since Aaron Murray departed in 2013. Murray graduated from Georgia and left with career records in passing yards, completions and touchdown passes. His replacement, Hutson Mason didn't have a bad year when you look at his numbers, and, more importantly, while he certainly didn’t win many games on his own, he also didn’t lose any. Georgia finished the 2014 season 10-3 so let’s not act like Mason ran this team into the ground. Ramsey was an Elite 11 finalist but hasn't had the impact many had hoped for. Some think Lambert was just in a bad system in Virginia and will benefit from a better situation in Athens (who wouldn't?).
Either way, both guys have the added advantage of Chubb in the backfield, left tackle John Theus anchoring an offensive line that only lost one starter from last year and a defense led by second-year defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who was able to talk Leonard Floyd into coming back to school instead of going to the NFL. Pruitt's defense is loaded with talent and will have the added advantage of another year in his system. All of this will help either Ramsey or Lambert in what should be a tough year with Georgia having both Alabama and Auburn on the schedule and also has to play in Knoxville. Other than that, the Bulldogs only have three true road games, which should take some pressure off of the quarterback.
So what does all this mean? It means Georgia has a chance to have a really great year and no one should be thinking about next year, at least not yet. Eason is coming to Georgia, this we know. He is a great pick up and looks to have all the tools to be a great college quarterback. We live in a world where few people stop and enjoy what's right in front of them. The day of Jacob Eason will come. But he will not in any way, shape or form suit up for Georgia this fall. Stop wasting your time talking about him. Focus on what you do have and that's a really good team with great pieces all around.
Now if you could just figure out who will start at quarterback.
— Written by Justin Nails, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Follow him on Twitter @justinnails.