What the national media is saying about Georgia’s quarterback position
For months, there was a lot of hype surrounding Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman. He flashed some impressive traits and tools in his time at Wake Forest, and with some improved talent around him at Georgia, many in the national media expected big things to come from the quarterback.
Some had tabbed him as Heisman Trophy contender, while NFL draft experts pegged him as a possible first-round pick.
Then Georgia added an equally talented transfer quarterback in JT Daniels. He announced his intention to transfer to the program last Thursday. And this caused some that were hyping and praising Newman to take a step back and re-evaluate at the quarterback situation.
Perhaps no one had a bolder take on what the Daniels addition could mean than Barrett Sallee of CBSSports. He stated that if Daniels gets eligibility for this upcoming season, he’d likely put Georgia over Florida in the SEC East.
If JT Daniels is immediately eligible — which isn’t known at this time — I’ll likely jump Georgia back over Florida in my 2020 SEC East predictions https://t.co/MaAU8fUMDY
— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) May 28, 2020
Daniels has applied for a waiver for immediate eligibility but it is not yet known if it that will be granted. If it is not, Daniels would not be able to suit up for the Bulldogs until the 2021 season. As a freshman, Daniels threw 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 11 starts. He tore his ACL and meniscus in the opening game of his sophomore season for the Trojans.
Daniels did indicate though that he’s healthy enough to work out, as he posted a picture of himself alongside former USC quarterback Sam Darnold and quarterback trainer Jordan Palmer earlier this week.
As for what skills Daniels brings to the table, former Georgia quarterback Hutson Mason provided a brief overview on Twitter, before going even deeper into the matter with DawgNation’s Mike Griffith.
— Hutson Mason (@HMason14) May 29, 2020
By comparison, Newman threw for 26 touchdowns to 11 interceptions at Wake Forest last season. He also added 574 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns, showing off his dual-threat ability, something Georgia hasn’t had from a starting quarterback since the days of DJ Shockley.
At the moment, given the uncertainty regarding Daniels’ health and eligibility, the national media is still acting under the idea that Newman will be the starter for Georgia come the season-opener against Virginia on Sept. 7.
ESPN’s Bill Connelly added that if Newman is able to live up to some of the hype bestowed upon him — Pro Football Focus ranks him as the No. 3 quarterback in the country entering the 2020 season — it will go a long way in turning Georgia into a national title contender.
“Newman dominated the ball at Wake Forest last season, averaging both 29.5 pass attempts and 12.2 non-sack rushes per game,” Connelly wrote. “He took more sacks than departed starter Jake Fromm and averaged fewer adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A*) as well: 7.5 for Fromm, 7.2 for Newman.”
While Newman did not get a chance to work in any practices with the new Georgia offense, he has taken part in some 7-on-7 drills with his new teammates. And Newman will likely be at the forefront of those players returning to campus, with Georgia allowing players to begin voluntary workouts come June 8.
Daniels’ game is more similar to that of Fromm, but with superior arm strength and slightly better athleticism. He also had a propensity to turn the ball over much more than Fromm ever did. Newman, on the other hand, is a much better athlete and also throws a better deep ball. But he too has some concerns, with durability being among them. It will be very interesting to see which quarterback Georgia goes with it and what the decision says about the direction of the offense under Todd Monken.
As for a direct comparison between the two, ESPN’s David Hale put the quarterbacks into tiers. He put Newman in tier 3, with the likes of Kyle Trask, Kellen Mond and KJ Costello. Quarterbacks who have all flashed tools of being elite playmakers, but have not done with the same consistency that Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields have.
Daniels was in a lower-tier, largely due to concerns about his eligibility. Because of that, Hale put him in the wild-card tier, though adding that he is ,as talented as any QB outside of the big two (Lawrence and Fields).”
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