Kirby Smart on injured Jacob Eason for Notre Dame road game: ‘I hope he’s on the trip. Wish he could play’

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason (10) inters Sanford Stadium during the Dawg Walk before a NCAA college football game between Georgia and Appalachian State in Athens, Ga., Saturday, Sept. 2, 2013. (Photo/Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

There won’t be a travel roster limit for No. 15 Georgia’s road trip for its game Saturday at No. 24 Notre Dame since it’s a nonconference game.


Coach Kirby Smart is saving a seat for injured quarterback Jacob Eason although he’s “not sure yet,” if Eason will go.

The sophomore is out indefinitely with a sprained left knee, but continues to attend “all the meetings,” Smart said. “He’s been involved in everything. I hope he’s throwing, soon. I hope he’s on the trip. Wish he could play.”

Freshman Jake Fromm will make his first college start Saturday, which has the spotlight squarely on the Houston County product this week.

“Obviously, with Jake, he’s handled the situation really well,” Smart said. “Some guys are going to have to play well around Jake. This is not the Jake Fromm show. It’s not Jake Fromm’s game to win or lose. It’s a team traveling up there. Everybody’s making a big deal about Jake Fromm. Jake Fromm’s got 10 other people that have got to execute so that he can.”

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was highly complementary of Fromm at his Tuesday press conference.

“You know, I think everybody says, well, he’s a freshman, and you know, he’s only had a couple of snaps,” Kelly said. “But look, I’m not an expert, but you know, I’ve been in this game a while, and he’s got a presence about him, and he’s very comfortable running the Georgia offense. So we go into this game expecting a guy very capable in Jake and running their offense and doing the things necessary to be successful. So again, the narrative might be that Eason is out, … but I think they’re in very capable hands. He’ll do a great job for them. And they’re going to feature two elite backs from an offensive perspective.”