Jamie Newman did not suddenly become a worse football player this week. His arm didn’t fall off nor did he suddenly forget how to throw a football.
He’s still the same player that threw for 26 touchdowns a season ago while adding 574 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns. He’s still the same guy whose deep passing abilities should mesh very well with what new Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has liked to get from his past quarterbacks.
But based on some of the online chatter around Newman, you’d have a hard time believing something hadn’t changed about his football abilities. Because earlier this week, it seemed like he went from becoming one of the most intriguing players in college football to being relegated to back-up status.
That thought process really picked up steam on Monday when fellow transfer quarterback JT Daniels announced that he would have immediate eligibility for the 2020 season. The news caused quite a stir, with many in the national media speculating on what it might mean for Newman’s future.
Thank you to the NCAA for granting me immediate eligibility and allowing me to play football this fall. I will not comment on the waiver or transfer, but look forward to a great 2020 season with my teammates.
— JT Daniels (@jtdaniels06) July 13, 2020
At different points this offseason, Newman had pegged as a Heisman Trophy contender to a possible first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. But now with Daniels in the fold, it Newman’s future is much cloudier.
Both Newman and Daniels have their strengths. Newman is a great athlete and his aforementioned deep-passing abilities could really open things up for the Georgia offense. Daniels meanwhile was one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country in the 2018 recruiting cycle. He also started double-digit games for USC as a freshman.
Daniels, it should be noted, is also coming off a significant knee injury. He tore his ACL in the opening half of USC’s 2019 opener. While he has updated his progress, it’s still an unknown how Daniels’ knee will hold up against live competition.
So why did things seem to change for Newman, who like Daniels has yet to take even a practice snap for the Bulldogs? As we explain in the video below, a lot of it has to do with hype, specifically how some people, fans and media alike, hyped up what Newman before he ever even had the chance to prove it in a Georgia uniform.
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