Looney will be on the other side on Saturday

Georgia QBs Jacob Eason (left) and Jake Fromm watch during the last week’s win over Samford. Eason started the opener, but strained a ligament in his left knee in that game and didn’t start practicing again until this week.

ATHENS, Ga — Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason is back at practice but it’s not known if he’ll be cleared to play Saturday when the 11th-ranked Bulldogs host No. 17 Mississippi State.


Eason started in 2016 as a freshman but strained a ligament in his left knee in Georgia’s season-opening victory over Appalachian State. Touted freshman Jake Fromm has played well since taking over, most notably leading Georgia (3-0) to a victory at Notre Dame in his first college start.

Coach Kirby Smart was asked Tuesday night if Eason will supplant Fromm as starter when he’s cleared to play.

“I don’t know if that’s a fair question,” Smart said. “I think the question is, No. 1, what is cleared to play or is that emergency backup? I think a lot of that is determined by how Fromm’s playing. We’ll make that decision when the time comes. It’s not like we’re going to sit here and make an ultimatum. It’s going to come as his health improves.”

During practice Tuesday, Eason did some passing and dropped back several times. But he was wearing a brace and still seemed to be moving a bit gingerly on his knee during the brief media viewing period.

From all indications, Fromm will remain the starter for the key Southeastern Conference game against Mississippi State (3-0, 1-0).

Eason completed 55 percent of his passes last season for 2,460 yards, with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Fromm has completed just under 60 percent for 449 yards, with five TDs and one interception.



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