QB Jacob Eason announces he is transferring from Georgia

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason speaks with the media last Saturday in Atlanta. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald)

Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason announced the expected on Friday: He’s leaving the Bulldogs.


That had been the outcome widely anticipated after the Bulldogs’ 2016 starting quarterback did not return to that role after sustaining a sprained knee ligament after starting the opener this season.

True freshman Jake Fromm stepped in and led Georgia to the No. 1 national ranking, the SEC championship and to the national championship game during a season in which he was named SEC Freshman of the Year.

Eason, the former five-star quarterback from Lake Stevens, Wash., is expected to transfer to Washington barring a change of heart, The Seattle Times reported earlier this week. That was confirmed Friday by a source close to Eason. Under NCAA rules, he would have to sit out next season at another FBS program.

Eason did not address where he would play next in the tweet he sent out Friday afternoon. He nor his father have returned messages left this week.

“Thank you UGA for an incredible two years,” Eason wrote on Twitter. “The memories and relationships I have made will truly last a lifetime. I will miss suiting up in red and black, but Athens will always be a place I can call home.”

Eason played in six games this season, completing 4 of 7 passes for 28 yards. He started 12 games as a true freshman in 2016, completing 55.1 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,430 yards with 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions, but was relegated to a backup role after he returned from injury.

“That’s football,” Eason said in December. “In life you’re going to be hit with obstacles and some are going to be out of your control. Some you can control, but this one was out of my control. I did the best thing I thought I could do: be there for Jake. If he struggles, I’m going to help him. If he’s doing good, I’m going to praise him. I think Jake did a great job this whole season.”

Eason’s departure leaves Georgia with two scholarships on roster in Fromm and five-star freshman Justin Fields, an early enrollee.