ATHENS — Georgia and its new quarterback will be among the favorites when college football resumes, per the latest online odds from sportsbetting.ag.
Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman is ranked fifth among the Heisman Trophy contenders without having even taken his first snap for the Bulldogs.
To boot, Newman — along with the rest of SEC players — has just now gotten approval to receive online “chalk talk” instruction from quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Todd Monken starting at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State (+450), followed by Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence (+475), Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler (+1000), Texas’ Sam Ehlinger (+1200) and then Newman (+1400).
Other SEC quarterbacks among the favorites include Florida’s Kyle Trask, who is tied for ninth with USC QB Kedon Slovis (+2500), Alabama QB Mac Jones and North Carolina QB Sam Howell.
Tailback Zamir White is tied for 25th among the Heisman Trophy contenders listed (+6600).
But White, like Newman, has yet to secure the starting spot at his position entering into what will be a unique — yet still very competitive — offseason.
SEC teams are currently suspended from any on-campus activities and are social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Once play resumes, Georgia figures to be in as good as shape as any program in the nation.
The Bulldogs, as a team, rank fourth among the national championship contenders, per the online odds.
Clemson is the favorite to win the national championship (+275), followed by Ohio State (+350), Alabama (+550) and then Georgia (+900).
LSU is No. 5 on the preseason odds list (+1000), with Florida No. 6 (+1200), Oklahoma No. 7 (+2000) and Auburn, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Texas and Texas A&M tied at No. 8 (+2500).
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