Me, of course.
(Random Mizzou mentions smattered in there.)
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More on UGA
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On the offense exceeding expectations and the defense not meeting them …
"If you look the first couple weeks last year defensively, we weren’t great. I think we’ve got an opportunity to be a really, really good defensive football team if we keep working and preparing and trusting the right way. We’ll get there. We had a great day of practice yesterday and again on Sunday night. I look forward to them continuing to compete to get in there. Offensively, as a competitor, you expect to be good at whatever you’re doing and you want to be the best. Our focus is on making sure, going through the process of the week, we’re preparing the right way, schematically finding ways to get the ball into our playmakers’ hands and schematically giving our kids a chance to have success."
Smart on Eason’s game vs. Nicholls State …
"He’s in a good place mentally. Jacob had a couple misreads. He didn’t look at the right thing first in the game. He had some really good plays, too. He stayed in the pocket. He threw some good balls. He’s really at his best when he can make those downfield throws and show some velocity on the throws. He handled the huddle better than he did the previous game. Not a lot of woes offensively were his fault. Some of that was the inability to run the ball and play with physical toughness that we need to play with. He handled things much better than he did the first game and we hope he continues to show that kind of improvement as we move forward."
Q: Speaking of QBs, could you describe the dynamics of that position for Missouri? Assuming Drew Lock is the man now after last week’s performance. Is that true, and to whom does he compare as far as Mizzou quarterbacks?
Matter: "Lock was at his best last week, albeit against an overmatched Eastern Michigan team. His deep-ball accuracy was really impressive. He looks as confident as ever. His touch on intermediate and deep throws was reminiscent of Chase Daniel, the best passing quarterback in team history. His patience in the pocket is much improved from last season. He’s not much of a runner, though he can occasionally keep the ball on a designed run or scramble and pick up a first down. Mizzou produced three straight quarterbacks who made the NFL — Brad Smith, as a receiver and return specialist, Daniel and Blaine Gabbert — and then had two productive college QBs in James Franklin and Maty Mauk. Lock’s raw skills might be as good, if not better, than any of them, but he’s still a relative newcomer to the sport. He was always a basketball player who dabbled in football, so this past winter was his first football offseason where he was devoted to the sport and learning the nuances of the position."
Per ESPN's Stats & Info, Georgia is averaging 7.3 yards per play with Jacob Eason at QB and 4.9 yards per play with Greyson Lambert at QB.— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) September 15, 2016
As I wrote yesterday, Lambert has been inserted as a game manager at times, but he hasn't really managed much. The only question, really, is when this becomes Eason's job full-time. Gonna be soon.