ATHENS, Ga. — Will there or won’t there be an open quarterback competition when the team takes the field for fall practice in a few months? It’s one of the hottest topics surrounding the UGA program and it spilled over to G-Day.
Jacob Eason started most of the 2016 season as a freshman and was joined during the offseason by heralded freshman Jake Fromm. Can the second-year QB hold off the newcomer? Should there even be a competition?
Our own Dijana Kunovac found former Georgia WR Tavarres King on the sideline Saturday at G-Day. Kunovac asked King who he thought wold earn the starting job.
“It’s gonna be tough,” said King. “Both guys are competitors, both guys are real talented and it should be a real battle. I kind of reminds me of Aaron Murray-Zach Mettenberger kind of deal. I’m excited to see what happens. Both guys are tremendous athletes and [have] tremendous minds, can put the ball where they need to.”
King isn’t just some former player opining on the subject matter; he knows both Murray and Matthew Stafford (more on him in a moment) well. King caught 136 passes at UGA and scored 21 touchdowns from 2008-2012. He was on the receiving end of 20 touchdowns and 116 receptions for 2,159 yards in 2010-12 from Murray and played the 2008 season with Stafford under center.
When King mentioned Eason and Stafford in the same sentence, that’s high praise. And it should say even more about Fromm, who’s apparently keeping pace.