QB Jamie Newman, Georgia
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Graham, NC (Graham)
247 RATING: .8585
POSITION RANK: 11
Passing: 3,959 yards (60.5%), 35 touchdowns, 16 interceptions
Rushing: 826 yards (3.4 ypc), 10 touchdowns
Passing: 2,868 yards (60.9%), 26 touchdowns, 11 interceptions
Rushing: 574 yards (3.2 ypc), 6 touchdowns
Jamie Newman Breakdown
– Throw on the run
– Quick release
– Ball gets out fast
– Internal clock
– Arm strength
– New team
Jake Fromm’s early exit to the NFL opened a spot in the Georgia Bulldogs offense. A key spot that required that right guy. Kirby Smart recruited talent to come to campus, but he decided he needed to add a proven commodity to compete for the job. Enter Jamie Newman, the Wake Forest transfer. He gives the Bulldogs a new look at quarterback, but he also benefits from the move as well.
Newman’s stats were solid with the Demon Deacons, but even more impressive considering he played behind a porous offensive line. The speed of the SEC won’t bother him, because he learned to make quick decisions at Wake Forest, and adjusted his release accordingly. As a passer, he should get more time to throw, even though the Bulldogs must find three new starters on the line. With that extra time, however, he’ll need to work on his pocket awareness and internal clock. When he got time to throw last year, he sat in the pocket too long and it collapsed around him. He’s great at throwing on the run, so he should utilize his elusiveness more.
One thing Georgia lacked the last few years is a mobile quarterback as the starter. Newman’s used to escaping the pocket, and can use his legs to pick up yardage scrambling and on designed quarterback runs. That’s a dynamic that will be welcomed in Athens, and could take the offense to a new level.
This seems like a great fit for both sides. Newman benefits from joining a more talented team, and Georgia gets an experienced quarterback. Whether or not that leads to a playoff appearance we don’t know. If he can continue utilizing his arm strength consistently, the passing game can take off for Georgia. George Pickens could be his safety net like Sage Surratt was at Wake Forest, but not letting passes hang in the air will be more beneficial. Still, his presence makes Georgia better, and has many people buzzing.