Jacob Eason injury: Georgia QB injures knee vs. Appalachian State

Opening up the 2017 season for the second straight year on the road against an SEC Top 25 team, the Mountaineers struggled to find any momentum against the No. 15 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) in a 31-10 loss Saturday evening. The coaching staff will know more on the extent of the injury today, Smart said.

"I'm not thinking about who's going to Notre Dame, or if he's going to Notre Dame", Smart said. The Fighting Irish beat Temple 49-16 Saturday.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Fromm, a one-time Alabama commitment and a four-star prospect from Houston County, drew praise from Smart soon after arriving on campus as an early enrollee for his work in the film room and his ability to lead.

True freshman Jake Fromm walked onto the field for his first regular season game and promptly led his team down the field for the game's first touchdown.

Fromm finished the first half 8 of 12 for 109 yards and the one touchdown. If Appalachian State keeps the game close early, it will be able to continue to rely on its time-consuming offense and let Georgia know its chances are few and far between. The turnover set up Lamb's 20-yard scoring run with less than 6 minutes remaining.

The Mountaineers are simply pests, and they have the playing style needed to pull off an upset. App State allowed only 17.8 points per game last season. It was just the third drive of the game.

Appalachian State is no stranger to the big stage, and the atmosphere inside Sanford Stadium probably won't be enough to intimidate the Mountaineers as they embark on their quest to return to the status of giant slayer. Teams evolve and change, but first games of a season can be very rusty and ragged.

Smart said he didn't want to get into the logistics of where Eason went after he left the field, citing concerns for the quarterback's privacy.

Senior quarterback Taylor Lamb broke away for a 32-yard rush to the Georgia 41-yard line to briefly silence the Bulldog fans.

With every completion, the cheers grew louder and so did Fromm's confidence. Georgia extended their lead 31-0 thanks to Chubb scoring his second touchdown of the game and Michel having strong runs.

Eason was hit while running out of bounds and immediately looked to grab for his left leg. The junior college transfer caught the pass at the 3 with his back to the end zone and turned and stretched for the score.

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.

The Mountaineers (0-1) narrowly avoided suffering their first shutout in nearly 12 years. "We will never quit, and to put 10 points on the board in the fourth quarter for us will springboard us to next week". That game ball was for our players.

Both touchdowns were the result of interceptions thrown by Brice Ramsey, Georgia's third-string quarterback.

Like Georgia, Appalachian State returns plenty of firepower for 2017.

  • Tracy Klein