It’s been a pretty busy week for Georgia football, as that tends to be the case when your presumed starting quarterback opts out just over three weeks before the start of the 2020 season.
Jamie Newman made his announcement to opt-out on Wednesday, just days after the Bulldogs held their first scrimmage. Newman stated that he will begin to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
His time at Georgia came to an end before he even played in his first game.
Expectations for Georgia were high in part because of Newman. Georgia was ranked No. 4 in both the Coaches and AP Poll to start the season. Prior to the Newman news, Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde the Bulldogs pegged as a playoff team, slotting them into the No. 4 slot.
“There are a lot of shoes to fill elsewhere on offense, but the recruiting has been ridiculous in recent years so it will just be a matter of plugging in new five-stars to replace the departed five-stars,” Forde wrote. “Defense will be the calling card; that unit could be even better than last year’s which led the nation in fewest points allowed per game.”
But now without Newman, some who were excited to see the new-look Georgia offense with Newman at the controls are a little less so.
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The Bulldogs will have their second scrimmage this Saturday where they will get another chance to see how the likes of Daniels and Mathis, along with Carson Beck and Stetson Bennett, look as possible starting quarterback options.
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