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Jamie Newman entered the 2021 NFL Draft.

WATCH: How Jamie Newman’s decision both hurts and helps Georgia moving forward

Georgia football quarterback Jamie Newman stunned the college football world on Wednesday when he announced he would be opting out of the 2020 season in order to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Newman arrived at Georgia in January as a graduate transfer from Wake Forest. Many had spent the offseason hyping up Newman as a possible Heisman Trophy candidate and a first-round draft pick.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart issued a statement on the decision.

“While we will miss him being part of our program, I fully support Jamie’s decision and we will continue to regard him as a Georgia Bulldog,” Smart said. “Certainly, we wish him nothing but the best in his quest for an NFL career and he knows he will always have a home at UGA.”

Newman’s departure gives Georgia just over three weeks to figure out who its starting quarterback for the season-opener against Arkansas will be. The Bulldogs’ first game is on Sept. 26, and Georgia will have between the likes of JT Daniels, D’Wan Mathis, Stetson Bennett and Carson Beck to choose from.

DawgNation’s Mike Griffith, Brandon Adams, Jeff Sentell and Connor Riley discuss the Newman news along with the impact it has on the 2020 Georgia team.

Among the other topics discussed during the broadcast:

  • What’s next for UGA after Jamie Newman’s departure?
  • What’s the real story behind Jamie Newman’s opt-out?
  • What does the decision mean for Todd Monken and his offense?
  • What does this mean for Kirby Smart going forward?
  • Should UGA fans be concerned about JT Daniels’ health?
  • Where do D’Wan Mathis, Carson Beck fit into QB competition?

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