Georgia football once again enters the 2020 season with national title hopes. The Bulldogs figure to have one of the top defenses in the country and an offense filled with promising, if somewhat unproven, skill players.
But if Georgia is going to win the national title next year, it will actually end up coming down to what the Bulldogs get out of the quarterback position.
Because as ESPN’s Alex Scarborough puts it, Georgia’s 2020 national title hopes fall pretty squarely on the shoulders on new quarterback Jamie Newman.
Quarterback Jamie Newman needs to be a wake-up call for a far-too-conservative Bulldogs offense,” Scarborough wrote. “Jake Fromm did all he could in his three seasons as the team’s starting quarterback, but he couldn’t change the plays that were called.
“Maybe Newman, a transfer from Wake Forest with true dual-threat ability, will force that change and finally bring this offense into the 21st century.”
Newman announced just days after Fromm’s departure that he would be transferring to Georgia as a graduate transfer. He has already enrolled at Georgia and will be able to go through spring practices.
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Just last week, Georgia featured Newman prominently in an offseason workout video.
In 2019, Newman threw for 26 touchdowns while also rushing for six more for Wake Forest. He started 12 games last season and led the team to an 8-5 record on the season. Georgia is hoping that with more talent around him, Newman can help the Bulldogs make the next step from very good to great.
Georgia’s 2019 offense was a major disappointment that finished 49th in the country in scoring offense. It will have to replace star running back D’Andre Swift along with standout offensive tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wilson in addition to Fromm.
In addition to bringing in Newman, Kirby Smart has greatly overhauled his coaching staff. James Coley was demoted from his role as offensive coordinator and replaced with Todd Monken, formerly of the Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Georgia also brought in Buster Faulkner as an analyst this offseason as well. And for the first time since Smart took over, the Bulldogs will also have a new offensive line coach as Matt Luke replaces new Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman.
Newman will have a chance to play with some exciting skill players, such as wide receiver George Pickens and running back Zamir White. Both had strong showings in Georgia’s Sugar Bowl victory over Baylor. Pickens figures to be the team’s top receiver, while White finally looks like he will be the leader of the running back room.
The Bulldogs are also bringing in a bundle of talented recruits to help at running back and wide receiver. The Bulldogs signed Kendall Milton, who is rated as a top-50 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Georgia also added four 4-star wide receivers that Newman will have the luxury of throwing to as well. The Bulldogs also brought in another graduate transfer at tight end, Tre Mckitty will arrive in May from Florida State.