Georgia QB Jacob Eason Injures Leg Against Appalachian State

"He did exactly what I thought Jake Fromm would do", head coach Kirby Smart said. "He's always been that way".

The comfort among the team was clear in the transition from Eason to Fromm mid game.

While reports of Eason's progression have been favorable this offseason, it's time for him to prove it on the big stage.

Speedy seniors Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined for 1,970 yards and 12 touchdowns a year ago to give Georgia one of the best running back duos in the nation.

Michel made it 21-0 when he lined up behind center in the wild cat and ran right for a 6-yard touchdown run with 6:56 to go in the second quarter.

Fromm threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Wims for his second of three straight touchdown drives in the first half. Coming into this week, the main concern with App State's defense was their quick defensive line, but Georgia's offensive line had no issue manhandling them.

That pushed Eason this spring, but the Bulldogs needed the 19-year old Fromm to lead the offense in his first college game, nationally televised on ESPN. We didn't know that MI would later go on to prove to be not such a great team. The Appalachian State defender was flagged for a late hit on the play.

After initially getting up and walking back on the field Eason sat on the turf and was walked to the locker room and didn't return. Fromm quickly began to warm up on the sideline while trainers assisted Eason and then helped the sophomore off the field.

Sony Michel and Nick Chubb combined for 183 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in a game against Appalachian State on September 2, 2017. Lamb, the son of Mercer coach Bobby Lamb, completed 18 of 27 passes for 128 yards and ran for 66 yards and a touchdown.

Lamb said his team's inability to find an offensive rhythm ultimately took its toll. "I came to games as a kid and I know a lot of guys on that football team there, a lot of alumni from the school".

Appalachian State's two scores came in the final six minutes, long after the outcome was secured. Quarterback Taylor Lamb scored on a 20-yard run with 5:41 to go.

Appalachian State: The Mountaineers' small defensive line was strong early but appeared to wear down on a warm night, allowing touchdowns on three consecutive drives. Granted the Bulldogs have a more seasoned coaching staff deploying more weapons against an Appalachian State team that isn't Florida, but it was an impressive debut for a guy thrust into emergency service sooner than anyone could have imagined.

Georgia: The Bulldogs, held without a first down on two drives with Eason, found their momentum while running their up-tempo attack with Fromm. Despite not even knowing the entire playbook, he led the Bulldogs with confidence and poise.

Given the circumstances, Fromm fared well, completing 10 of 15 attempts for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Bulldogs eased past the Mountaineers 31-10. With a win, the Mountaineers would nearly assuredly crack the nation's Top 25 poll, perhaps even being ranked in the Top 20 next week.

Freshmen: With veterans Shaedon Meadors and Darrynton Evans out with injuries, freshmen Thomas Hennigan and Malik Williams took the field for App State. Another returning receiver, Riley Ridley, and backup tailback Elijah Holyfield, are expected to be suspended for the game as discipline for misdemeanor marijuana charges in separate incidents last spring. "He played in our scrimmages just how he played out there". The Bulldogs' last true freshman starter on the offensive line was John Theus in 2012. It was this day in 2007 that No. 5 MI suffered a loss at home against Division I-AA (now commonly known as FCS) opponent Appalachian State.

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