ATHENS — What was long expected is now official: Jacob Eason, the starting quarterback when this Georgia football season began, is leaving the program.
Eason announced the news via his Twitter account on Friday afternoon. He did not name his destination, though the Seattle Times reported on Tuesday morning that multiple sources said he was expected to transfer to Washington.
Eason would have to sit out this season if he transfers to another FBS school. He played two years at Georgia, where he arrived two years ago as a five-star recruit, the team’s most heralded quarterback recruit in years, and started all but one game as a true freshman in 2016. He started this year’s opener, but was hurt on the third series of the game, and freshman Jake Fromm ran away with the job after that.
Thank you UGA for an incredible two years. The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home. -Skinnyqb pic.twitter.com/2vyMVa0UE0
— Jacob Eason (@skinnyqb10) January 12, 2018
The news leaves Georgia with two scholarship quarterbacks on campus: Jake Fromm, the SEC Freshman of the Year this season, and Justin Fields, who enrolled last week. There is also walk-on Stetson Bennett, who earned raves as a scout-teamer this season, including his performance mimicking Baker Mayfield in the lead up to the Rose Bowl.
As a freshman, Eason threw for 2,430 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions, completing 55.1 percent of his passes. He entered the season as the unquestioned starter.
But when he sprained his knee against Appalachian State, Fromm did such a good job replacing him that by the time Eason was cleared to return – after missing three full games – Fromm remained the starter.
Eason finished this season with just seven pass attempts, completing four passes.