When ESPN debuted its “Way-Too-Early Top 25” rankings for the 2020 season, the Bulldogs came in at No. 6 in Mark Schlabach’s rankings.
Since those rankings first debuted though the Bulldogs have made a number of additions to the program, such as graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman and offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
The Bulldogs also brought in the nation’s No. 1 signing class for the 2020 cycle, buoyed by 5-star offensive tackle Broderick Jones signing with the program.
These additions made it possible to bump the Bulldogs up from that No. 6 spot into No. 4, leaping Oregon and LSU in the process.
The Bulldogs face a complete overhaul on offense after Kirby Smart hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Todd Monken to take over the playcalling,” Schlabach wrote. “Fromm, who was 35-7 as a starter, and seven other offensive starters are gone. Quarterback Jamie Newman, a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, enrolled in January. His mobility might add a new dimension to the offense.”
Fromm declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, and Newman joined the Georgia program shortly afterward. He is already enrolled at Georgia and participating in off-season workouts.
Newman threw for 26 touchdowns last season while adding 574 rushing yards on the ground. When speaking in February, Smart detailed that Newman had been on the Bulldogs’ radar, given Fromm could potentially head to the NFL.
“I know Jamie has been very mature about the process,” Smart said. “These grad transfers, No. 1 the fact that they graduated college, the fact he graduated from Wake Forest, these kids understand what they want. And they’re very driven in what they want.
“We’re looking forward to putting him to work and letting him go out and compete this spring.”
Georgia also brought in a graduate transfer tight end in Tre Mckitty, who spent last season at Florida State. He will arrive in the summer, as he is still working to graduate and be immediately eligible.
The Bulldogs also saw D’Andre Swift and Solomon Kindley also declare early for the draft. New offensive line coach Matt Luke will have to replace four players with starting experience on the offensive line, but the Bulldogs also brought in seven offensive linemen in the 2020 recruiting cycle.
Georgia will be led in 2020 though by its defense, which did not have any early defections to the NFL. The Bulldogs will also add the likes of 5-star cornerback Kelee Ringo and 5-star defensive tackle Jalen Carter. The Bulldogs finished with the No. 1 signing class for the second time in three seasons under Smart.
The top three remained unchanged in Schlabach’s rankings, as Clemson is No. 1, Ohio State No. 2 and Alabama at No. 3. Georgia and Alabama will meet in the third week of the regular season, with the two sides playing in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Sept. 19.
Other 2020 Georgia football foes in Schlabach’s rankings include No. 7 Florida and No. 14 Auburn.
The Bulldogs begin spring practice on March 17, with the G-Day scrimmage being set for Saturday, April 18. Georgia’s 2020 season opens against Virginia on Sept. 7.
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