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Georgia head coach Kirby Smart officially elects starting quarterback

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason (10) prepares for a game against Georgia Tech in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/Brett Davis)
AP Photo/Brett Davis

After quarterback Jake Fromm performed well in Georgia’s G-Day Game in April, there were some who wondered if the true freshman would force a competition for the starting job between he and sophomore Jacob Eason. Head coach Kirby Smart answered that question at SEC Media Days on Tuesday, declaring Eason to be the clear-cut starter with fall camp set to begin next month.

“Jacob Eason is our starter going into the season. Jake Fromm’s got to do something to beat him out,” Smart said according to Edward Aschoff of ESPN.com. “Very similar to a lot of positions. You’ve got to beat them out. But we’re very excited about both of them. Including Brice (Ramsey), we have three talented players.”

While Eason threw for more yards in the G-Day Game, Fromm was more efficient, completing 14 of his 23 attempts for 277 yards and two touchdowns. By comparison Eason threw for 311 yards but completed just 16 of his 36 pass attempts and was intercepted once to go along with his two touchdown passes. Those performances sparked the questions about a possible competition, but Smart’s comments Tuesday make it quite apparent that something drastic would have to happen during fall camp for anything to change.

Eason started 12 of the 13 games he played in as a true freshman, completing 55.1 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns while being picked off eight times. Georgia certainly has talented options in Fromm and the aforementioned Ramsey, who considered transferring in the spring before deciding to remain in Athens.

But one would think that having a year of experience under his belt would only help Eason moving forward when it comes to hanging onto the starting quarterback job.

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