Georgia football needs a new quarterback following the departure of Jake Fromm to the 2020 NFL Draft, and Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman has entered the UGA quarterback derby.
Newman announced his commitment on Twitter.
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) January 11, 2020
Newman, listed at 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, was ranked as the No. 16 dual-threat quarterback in the nation out of Graham (N.C.) High School in the 2016 247Sports Composite rankings.
He’s a big guy who offers much-needed versatility at quarterback as both a passer and runner, and he also throws one of the prettiest deep balls you’ll see (see video below).
This past season at Wake Forest, Newman completed 220 of 361 passes for 2,868 yards and 26 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions. Newman also had a better passer-efficiency rating (145.35) than Fromm (141.15). Newman also added 574 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Wake Forest went 8-5 this past season.
Newman did struggle down the stretch for the Demon Deacons, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four of Wake Forest’s final five games — but he compensated in two of those games with his running skills, rushing for 144 yards and 87 yards, respectively. Against a Clemson team with superior talent, Newman completed six of his 14 pass attempts for 42 yards and two interceptions.
Pro Football Focus did name Newman the No. 3 returning quarterback for the 2020 season, behind only Justin Fields of Ohio State and Trevor Lawrence of Clemson.
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ESPN analyst David Pollack strongly endorsed the signal-caller, prior to his announcement that he was picking Georgia. “Amen!!! Dude is a stud! Size and athletic ability to go with a great arm, accuracy, and a phenomenal deep ball! Not many guys more talented in the Country.”
Newman also considered Maryland, Washington, Oregon and Miami, among others.
Newman was training in Atlanta this past week with renowned quarterback trainer Quincy Avery, who has worked with the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields and DeShaun Watson. Newman was working out with fellow graduate transfer quarterback Anthony Brown, who Georgia also reportedly had an interest in.
Anthony Brown & Jamie Newman are gonna change two whole programs next year. pic.twitter.com/QNIFYX6esI
— Quincy Avery (@Quincy_Avery) January 7, 2020
Whoever wins the job will be replacing Fromm, who went 35-7 as a starter in his time at Georgia. Georgia won the SEC East all three seasons with Fromm as the starting quarterback.
In addition to a new quarterback, Georgia’s 2020 offense will have a dramatically different look to it, as four offensive linemen with starting experience are gone from last year’s team. Georgia will also be looking for a new star running back as D’Andre Swift also declared for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Georgia does, however, return some talented playmakers such as wide receiver George Pickens and running back Zamir White. Georgia is also set to have one of the nation’s top defenses and bring in one of the nation’s top recruiting class. The Bulldogs’ 2020 recruiting class is highlighted by wide receivers Marcus Rosemy, Jermaine Burton, Arian Smith and Justin Robinson as well as 5-star tight end Darnell Washington.
Kirby Smart is unlikely to publicly name a starter prior to Georgia’s 2020 season-opener. The Bulldogs take on Virginia in Atlanta as a part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic on Sept. 7.
Jamie Newman Wake Forest highlights
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