Following the first-quarter loss of starting quarterback Jacob Eason, the 15h-ranked Bulldogs were forced to turn to freshman Jake Fromm, a former five-star standout who threw for almost 13,000 yards during his high school career. A key matchup will be the ability of Georgia's running game to push the chains against a tough Appalachian State run defense. As Georgia prepares for its trip to South Bend next weekend to face Notre Dame, here are three things we learned about the No. 15 Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. He said: "If you think about it, there's probably not one player on Georgia's team that we had a chance at recruiting and there's not a player on our team that Georgia wanted (to recruit)".
Coach Kirby Smart indicated the injury to Eason wasn't serious.
With 6:30 remaining in the first quarter, Mountaineers defensive tackle Myquon Stout drew a personal foul penalty when he hit Eason late out of bounds.
Eason passed for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns last season as a freshman, and was a big part of Georgia's SEC East title aspirations coming into 2017. "Jake Fromm's got to do something to beat him out". He's always been that way. "They've played a lot of football around here and both of them make you feel comfortable with, if we have to put both of them on the field at the same time we can do it, if one of them's out there, they can spell each other".
He had plenty of help. Big back Nick Chubb and shifty, speedy change-of-pace back Sony Michel give quarterback Jacob Eason the assurance that he won't have to win this game exclusively with his arm.
Instead, the Bulldogs shut down Appalachian State 31-10 to move to 1-0 on the season. A 43-yard field goal by Michael Rubino capped the scoring with 26 seconds left. They return their top five tacklers from last year-linebackers Roquan Smith (junior), Natrez Patrick (junior) and Davin Bellamy (senior)-along with junior tackle Trenton Thompson and senior safety Aaron Davis. "Our coach (defensive coordinator Mel Tucker) has for us and how we practice Monday through Thursday". We heard in the spring that Fromm possibly outplayed Eason.
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He added that she seemed to "have no plan at all" to deal with the issue of pollution from diesel emissions that exceeds the limits of several cities.
Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield was impressed.
"They have such great length throughout their front seven", Satterfield said. "To be able to step up and play in that atmosphere in that moment, we're all proud of him".
Lamb said his team's inability to find an offensive rhythm ultimately took its toll. After two drives, the Bulldogs had 4 yards of total offense. "But you have to give a testament to that defense".
Line dance: Georgia continued its trend of rotating its offensive linemen Saturday. The Bulldogs built a 21-0 halftime lead.
Fromm threw a 34-yard scoring pass to Javon Wims for his second of three straight touchdown drives in the first half. Sony Michel added 87 yards rushing and a touchdown for Georgia in the opener for both teams.
NOTES: As expected, Georgia was without starting CB Malkom Parrish, who suffered a broken bone in his foot more than two weeks ago. Left tackle Isaiah Wynn, center Lamont Gaillard and right tackle Andrew Thomas stuck with the first-team the entire time this group was in the game.
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