You wouldn’t know it by that final score, but the University of Georgia spent much of their trip to the Liberty Bowl trailing the TCU Horned Frogs. 

However, they came away with a huge win in their final game of the season and finished with eight wins, seemingly putting them on the right track for 2017.

But there’s no denying that there’s work to be done in Athens, and it will start with true freshman QB Jacob Eason.

Eason went 12-of-21 for 164 yards and two touchdowns. While, his running ability opened up the Georgia offense on multiple occasions, his passing game left a lot to be desired. 

He spent much of his time on his back or trying to evade a potential sack. Some of this can be blamed on an offensive line that needs time to hit its stride, but Eason’s completion percentage under duress was a low 22.1 percent. He overthrew open receivers and looked more uncomfortable under center, despite playing there all year.

To say Eason is a bad quarterback would be incorrect. The five-star quarterback has certainly exceeded expectations as a rookie during a coaching transition at a school that plays in one of the nation’s toughest conferences.

But if the Dawgs want to upgrade their offense and be truly competitive in the SEC, it will begin with getting Eason to that next level.