Georgia QB Jacob Eason to miss Notre Dame game but not out for season

Georgia received some good news -- and some bad news -- about quarterback Jacob Eason on Monday.

The bad news is that Eason suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee during Georgia's 31-10 win over Appalachian State, and he won't be starting for the Bulldogs when they head north this week to take on Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

The good news is Eason's injury won't cost him the entire 2017 season.

"He will be back," Georgia coach Kirby Smart said Monday. "He will be back this season. We feel very fortunate. It could have been worse."

Smart also said that Eason has already begun the rehab process. While he won't need surgery, there isn't a concrete timetable for his return.

Eason's absence means that Jake Fromm will make the first start of his career against Notre Dame. Fromm came on in relief of Eason against Appalachian State and played pretty well, completing 10 of 15 passes for 143 yards and a touchdown.

The true freshman was a four-star recruit in Georgia's 2017 class and was considered the No. 3 pro-style quarterback prospect in the country. With Fromm inheriting the starting job from Eason, this now becomes the second straight season that Georgia has had to start a true freshman at quarterback.

Last year, Eason supplanted Greyson Lambert, who started the Bulldogs opener against North Carolina.

So if Fromm is seeking any advice on how to handle such a situation, he certainly knows who to ask.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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