ATHENS — What might have been for Georgia football this season will be on display this week in Mobile, Ala.
Former Wake Forest grad transfer Jamie Newman will be among a star-studded cast of quarterbacks that take the field for Senior Bowl workouts beginning on Tuesday.
Newman, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound NFL prospect with a rocket arm and good mobility, will compete with Mac Jones, Kyle Trask and Kellen Mond on a daily basis leading up to the all-star game at 2:30 p.m. next Saturday.
“He’s really the wild card of the whole week,” Jim Nagy, Senior Bowl executive director and former Super Bowl-winning NFL scout, told DawgNation. “As everyone in Georgia knows, he opted out, so there’s going to be a rust factor.
“It’s how quickly can Jamie shake off the rust and acclimate himself to a Pro-Style offense.”
It’s a pivotal week with the NFL combine canceled on account of the Covid pademic’s complications. The Senior Bowl will be the only opportunity for many top prospects to meet face-to-face with NFL GMs and coaches.
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Travel to teams’ Pro Days is expected to mostly consist of scouts — not the decision-makers.
It’s up to Newman and the other players to make the most of it.
“Jamie has been looking really good,” renowned quarterback trainer Quincy Avery told DawgNation on Saturday night.
“It was difficult to keep him ready, but we kept him on the field and did as much as we could, putting him in difficult situations on the field and having him sort it out.”
Avery, who also works with Miami QB D’Eriq King, moved Newman’s training from Atlanta — where he had worked out this fall after leaving UGA — to the EXOS facility in Pensacola earlier this month.
“Jamie has been super-focused,” Avery said. “He’s excited for the opportunity.”
Jamie Newman (Chamberlain Smith/UGAAA)
A return to game action has been a long time coming after Newman issued a Sept. 2 statement that he was leaving Georgia on account of Covid.
“With much prayer and discussion with my family, I would like to announce that due to the uncertainties of this year amid a global pandemic I will officially opt-out of this football season to prepare for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft,” Newman said. “I would like to thank Coach Smart for extending the opportunity for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program.”
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