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Blog: The changing QB landscape at Georgia

Quarterback has generally been a position of stability at Georgia under Mark Richt.

David Greene (2001-04) and Aaron Murray (2010-13) were four-year starters. Matthew Stafford became the man during his freshman season in 2006 and started the next two seasons until leaving for the NFL, where he was the No. 1 overall pick.

D.J. Shockley (2005) and Joe Cox (2009) waited for their one full season as starters as seniors.

That’s five starting quarterbacks in 13 seasons for Richt.

Now, Georgia could conceivably have four different starters over a four-season stretch.
Murray in 2013.

Hutson Mason for his one season in 2014.

Brice Ramsey (or Faton Bauta) in 2015.

And, if the hype is to be believed, Jacob Eason possibly as a true freshman in 2016. He at least would give Georgia a talented backup on a roster that also includes Jacob Park.

Eason and fellow five-star rated offensive tackle prospect Ben Cleveland from Stephens County gave Georgia’s 2016 recruiting class quite the start with commitments on Saturday night, a day after the Bulldogs’ Dawg Night camp.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Eason hails from, Lake Stevens, Wash.

He passed for 2,941 yards and 23 touchdowns as a high school sophomore, according to the Everett (Wash.) Daily Herald.

Eason is rated as the No. 3 overall prospect for ’16 and the No. 1 pro-style quarterback by 247sports and No. 74 by Scout, which ranks him the No. 5 quarterback.

Now remember, even Stafford and Murray didn’t start from game one at Georgia.

Stafford didn’t wrest the starting quarterback job away from Joe Tereshinski and Cox in 2006 until midway through his freshman season. Murray and Zach Mettenberger redshirted behind Cox in 2009. Murray, rated the nation’s No. 3 quarterback prospect when he arrived, dealt with triceps tendonitis that season.

And there’s still a long way between now and February 2016 when Eason would sign, but the quarterback position at Georgia certainly looks like it could have more movement there than fans are accustomed to in Athens.

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