ATHENS — Class will soon be in session for Jamie Newman and the rest of the Georgia quarterbacks with online football chalk talks approved to start at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Renowned quarterback trainer Quincy Avery predicts Newman will be a star pupil for the Bulldogs just as he was during the Avery’s QB Takeover training sessions this past offseason.
“Jamie is one of the hardest working, detail-oriented guys you’ll find,” Avery told DawgNation. “Whatever his position coach gives him, he’ll attack it. He wants to be great.”
Avery knows greatness first hand having worked with such quarterbacks as Deshaun Watson, Josh Dobbs, Dwayne Haskins, Jalen Hurts and Justin Fields.
New Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken has experience with Air Raid and RPO-tinted offenses. Kirby Smart has indicated UGA will maintain a balanced Pro Style approach regardless of what elements are accented or sprinkled in.
“They will put a lot on Jamie’s shoulders, because he’s shown he can handle it,” Avery said, pointing to Newman’s impressive production at Wake Forest last season.
“Jamie will be able to read some stuff inside the numbers, and go pure progressions and develop in that way,” he said. “Those are the things you’ve got to do to play on Sunday. He will be able to show all the things they need at quarterback.”
The Georgia offensive playbook figures to be tapered down from last season. Three-year starting quarterback Jake Fromm was previously at the helm, making play calls at the line of scrimmage.
That sort of QB autonomy required receivers making the same reads and adjustments, which didn’t always happen with Fromm’s less-experienced perimeter targets last season.
The genius in this season’s offense figures to be in the simplicity. It should enable more players to contribute quickly and facilitate sharper execution.
That said, Avery believes Newman’s experience makes him more valuable than ever compared with quarterbacks who have yet to compete at the collegiate level.
“Jamie understands how to be a Power 5 quarterback,” Avery said. “He’s been out there and done it in big-time situations.
“That’s a different ball game, you can have some trust in a guy who has proven himself.”
The coronavirus pandemic has meant more limited preparation for all collegiate programs.
Newman has stayed on top of his game this offseason by enrolling early at Georgia and going through offseason conditioning with the Bulldogs before his stints with Avery and back home working out.
Once the teams are cleared to practice in groups — there is no timetable at the time of this publication (March 30) — Newman will be prepared to lead.
“Jamie has a presence that’s clear and evident,” Avery said. “He’s always one of the most active guys around. He’s very mature, so when he talks you listen. When he’s there, he’s doing everything you want.”