ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman was among three players and former UGA star D.J. Shockley who spoke on a video released to Bulldogs’ donors this weekend.
Newman has not been made available to the media since transferring from Wake Forest in January.
Newman, who along with his Georgia teammates has been taking part in voluntary workouts on campus since June 8, said he put on six pounds of muscle during the quarantine.
“It’s just me embracing the grind, just keeping all my gear in the trunk, finding open fields wherever we can throw, getting a workout in,” Newman said in a video that was first reported by UGASports.com.
“I’ve been trying to find little things to stay sharp on, like getting extra meetings with Coach (Todd) Monken, or calling up the guys and playing Madden online and running our own plays, simple things like that.”
The video was narrated by Shockley and hosted by The Georgia Bulldog Club. Richard LeCounte and Jamaree Salyer were also on the Zoom conference.
Newman is involved in a quarterback competition at Georgia along with USC transfer JT Daniels, Carson Beck, D’Wan Mathis and Stetson Bennett.
Georgia is moving to a new offense, and Newman brings a strong arm and great mobility to the table.
Newman said he was recently watching video of the late Steve McNair, “because he’s a quarterback I feel like I’m similar to.”
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Newman also mentioned Cam Newton and Donovan McNabb in the Zoom call.
“Steve McNair, he’s one of the guys I feel like I’m similar to; big, country strong, tough competitor,” Newman said. “Of course Cam Newton. I’ve been a Cam Newton fan since probably middle school when he first came out.
“I would also say Donovan McNabb; tough, physical big guy, just get it done at all costs kind of guy.”
Newman said it was a “no-brainer” to pick Georgia when looking at schools to transfer to after leaving the Demon Deacons.
“What really led me to come to UGA was just the opportunity to compete against that defense every day in practice,” Newman said.
“I’m getting 12 games in the SEC, but I’m getting a number of practices versus the best defense in the SEC. So that’s kinda what drove me to come to UGA, he said.
“A lot of seniors coming back showed me that it was a family culture and everyone is of the same mindset to come back and get a championship.”
Newman also posted a video on his Instagram account on Saturday.
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