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Georgia player notes for Jan 12th, 2018

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January 12, 2018 at 11:40 pm.

*Trenton Thompson – Noteworthy
Georgia defensive tackle Trenton Thompson announced he will enter the 2018 NFL draft. Thompson, a junior, came to Georgia as one of the top prospects in the nation in 2015. In three seasons, Thompson has been one of Georgia’s top contributors on defense. This past season, Thompson totaled 38 tackles as part of a deep rotation on the defensive line. “After long discussion with his my family and coaches I have decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft,” Thompson wrote on his personal Instagram page. “I would like to thank my family, teammates, Coach (Kirby) Smart and the rest of the staff for all of their support the last 3 years.”

Statistically, Thompson’s best season came in 2016, when he tallied 64 tackles and five sacks. He had a huge Liberty Bowl game that saw him record three sacks and earn MVP honors. One of his better games of the 2017 season came in the national championship loss against Alabama. Thompson recorded three tackles, with half of a tackle going for a loss. In early December, Thompson initially hinted that he might be returning to Georgia with an Instagram post captioned, “Looking ahead! #UGA19 #SeniorSoon.” However, after Georgia’s 54-48 double overtime win over Oklahoma, Thompson said his decision wasn’t final and that his family would play a role in it. “I love Georgia so everything will come down to my mom,” Thompson said. Thompson is the first underclassman at Georgia to announce he is declaring for the NFL draft. – Jason Butt, Macon.com

Jacob Eason – Noteworthy
Quarterback Jacob Eason said Friday he is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost his starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason made the announcement on his Twitter account. “Thank you UGA for an incredible two years,” he wrote. “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 didn’t indicate where he intends to play next, but The Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington. Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, Washington, and would be in position to take over the Huskies’ starting job after sitting out a year under the NCAA’s transfer rules. Jake Browning is returning for his senior season at Washington, which is expected to be one of the nation’s top teams in 2018.

After starting for Georgia as a freshman, Eason began this season as the No. 1 signal-caller ahead of Fromm. But a knee injury in the opener against Appalachian State knocked Eason out of the lineup, and he never got the job back. Fromm guided the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record, their first Southeastern Conference title since 2005 , a thrilling victory in the Rose Bowl and a spot in the national championship game against Alabama. The Tide rallied from a pair of 13-point deficits to beat Georgia 26-23 in overtime. Eason was a five-star recruit who initially committed to the Bulldogs with former coach Mark Richt. After Richt was fired, Eason hinted that he might go to another school but wound up staying at Georgia under new coach Kirby Smart in 2016. As a freshman, Eason completed 55 percent of his throws for 2,430 yards and 16 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. – AP College Football