Georgia lands graduate transfer QB Jamie Newman
That didn't take long. A day after Jake Fromm announced that he'll be foregoing his senior season at Georgia, the Bulldogs moved quickly in added coveted Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman. He will enroll at Georgia in the coming days and participate in winter workouts and spring drills.
The dual-threat quarterback announced his decision via Twitter on Thursday, likely filling a major void for the Bulldogs in 2019.
Newman led the Demon Deacons to a 8-5 record in 2019, his first and only season as the full-time starter. He completed 220 of 361 passes (60.9 percent) for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also did quite a bit of damage on the ground, piling up 574 yards and six touchdowns on 180 carries and that includes sacks. He started all 13 games for Wake Forest in 2019.
As a passer, Newman had long completions of 70, 62 and two of 59 yards as a fourth-year junior. As a runner, his longest rush was 50 yards in 2019 and he had another of 42 yards. He also threw for 401 yards in the season opener against Utah State and rushed for 144 yards in November against Duke.
Newman was one of the top players on the graduate transfer market after the 2019 season regardless of position. Oregon, Miami, Maryland, and Washington were all reportedly aiming to gain his services after it was announced that he would be entering the NCAA's student-athlete transfer portal and seeking to finish out his college career at another school
“With some of these early departures and graduations, keep an eye on former Wake Forest QB, Jamie Newman,” SEC and ESPN College Football analyst Greg McElroy after Fromm m his decision on Wednesday. “He will be a very hot commodity as a Grad-Transfer. He has a ton of talent and potential.”
The Bulldogs currently have former walk-on turned junior college player turned scholarship quarterback Stetson Bennett IV on the roster. He served as Fromm's backup in 2019. They also have 2019 signee D'Wan Mathis, who didn't participate in 2019 due to surgery to remove a cyst from his brain in May of 2019. Mathis practiced with the team all season but has not yet been cleared for contact although he expects that to happen in time to play in 2020. Four-star 2020 quarterback signee Carson Beck is also in the mix. He has already enrolled at UGA and will go through spring drills as well.
Newman instantly becomes a major contender for the starting job at UGA and he's likely the favorite due to his versatile skill set, talent, and experience. No other quarterback on Georgia's current roster has started in a game and only Bennett has played, appearing in four games in 2019. With four, Kirby Smart now has more scholarship signal callers on the roster for spring drills than at any point during his previous four years as the Georgia head coach.
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