Jacob Eason will begin his career at UGA in a few weeks as the Dawgs kick off spring drills, culminating with the G-Day game on April 16. The lessons of spring will go a long way toward determining if Eason will see the field in 2016. However, Ian Boyd of SB Nation believes Chaney and Eason are a perfect fit.
[su_quote style=”modern-light” cite=”SBNation” url=”http://www.sbnation.com/college-football-recruiting/2016/2/9/10893986/jacob-eason-georgia-jim-chaney-kirby-smart”] Jim Chaney made his name in the college football world by unleashing an overlooked and undersized Texas HS QB named Drew Brees in a wide-open, spread offense at Purdue. That Purdue team won a split Big Ten championship in 2000. This was before everyone was unleashing overlooked and undersized Texans in spread offenses.
Chaney eventually entered the pro game but then came back to college at Tennessee in 2009 before joining Brett Bielema at Arkansas. From his time in St. Louis with Scott Linehan he picked up the art of utilizing TEs and diverse run games with varied blocking schemes and angles, which has defined the Arkansas offense under Bielema’s oversight.
In an age where schematic complexity tends to focus around the passing game, Chaney’s diverse run game is a unique challenge, with its myriad of false keys and varying blocks for linebackers to recognize. After setting the table with these schemes and putting TEs on the field, Chaney then sprinkles back in his spread passing game.
Chaney’s development towards becoming more TE- and run-focused is crucial for Eason, particularly if he’s asked to step in and play soon. An offense built around a multiple run game that deploys TEs on the field is often an easier one for a QB to manage, since it generally only relies on the passing game to punish defensive responses to the run. Also, it’s easier to hit 6’4+ targets in the middle of the field, especially if they are running free after faking a block.
Eason should again find himself in a scheme designed to create easier reads and allow him to quickly make the most of his ability to hit every throw while he continues to learn how to read defenses.