Rosen was the five-star Class of 2015 quarterback that walked on campus at UCLA as a true freshman and won the Bruins’ starting job by game one.
Eason arrived at Georgia this winter from Lake Stevens High School in Washington state with a No. 7 overall national ranking and expectations as long as his trip from mom’s kitchen to his dorm room.
Georgia held its first scrimmage on Saturday, and head coach Kirby Smart noted his talented freshman did some nice teams — against the third-team defense.
“Right now, obviously the young man has a great arm talent. But sometimes arm talent can get you in trouble if you make poor decisions,” Smart told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We’re trying to make sure he’s doing the right progression, the right check, throwing the ball to the right place. He’s had several times where he threw it to the right place where he made a hell of a play. You don’t want to take that out of the guy. You don’t want to over-coach the guy. And I think (offensive coordinator and quarterbacks) coach (Jim) Chaney does a great job. I sit in some of those meetings and he tells him, ‘Hey this is not really where you’re supposed to do it, but you did a great job.’ So as he earns that, he’ll get a chance hopefully to move up and get a chance with the ones.”
Eason currently stands in line behind incumbent starter and fifth-year senior Greyson Lambert and fourth-year junior Brice Ramsey, which, of course, makes sense. Beating out two veterans while the rest of your classmates are picking out prom tuxedos in between biology and French is an impossible task.
Which should make what Rosen did last season — 292 completions, 3,669 passing yards, 25 total touchdowns — all the more impressive.