ATHENS — When Kirby Smart was asked about Jacob Eason’s status, Georgia’s head coach began by saying he was thinking of his quarterback and his family. That may have sounded foreboding, but then Smart reiterated that it may not be a long-term injury.
“He’s got a sprained knee. So right now we don’t know the extent passed that,” Smart said. “We don’t know how long. We’ll know more tomorrow.”
Smart would not discuss Eason’s availability for Saturday’s game at Notre Dame.
“Right now that’s the biggest concern. Jacob’s health is the biggest concern,” Smart said.
Eason was injured in the first quarter of Georgia’s 31-10 win over Appalachian State, running out of bounds on a scramble. He was hit late, resulting in a penalty and a first down, Georgia’s first of the game.
Fromm entered and led the Bulldogs on three touchdown drives in the first half, and then kept it going in the fourth quarter.
“He played in the scrimmages the way he played out there,” Smart said of Fromm. “He knows how to manage the game really well. He had some tempo things out there where we were able to get some juice and some momentum.”
Smart also praised Fromm’s preparation and knowledge of the offense.
Fromm finished the game 10-for-15 for 143 yards, with one touchdown and no interceptions. Eason was 1-for-3 for 4 yards before he left.
While Georgia’s offense got going once Fromm went in, Smart said much of that was simply because they were able to get some momentum after finally getting some first downs.
“It’s not like we were going tempo with Jake and not with Jacob,” Smart said.
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