WATCH: Georgia QB Jamie Newman gets offseason work with Ohio State’s Justin Fields
ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman is starting to warm up to the spotlight, and that’s a good thing.
Whether Newman wants it or not, plenty of attention comes with the job of being the Georgia quarterback.
At the very least, Newman looks like he’s having some fun with it. Newman shared a social media post depicting himself as Scottie Pippen and receiver George Pickens as Michael Jordan might indicate.
Newman, a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, is expected to win the job with the Bulldogs on the strength of his experience.
Newman has spent part of the offseason working out with former UGA quarterback and current Ohio State star Justin Fields, among others.
Quincy Avery, president and trainer at his own QB Takeover quarterback academy training camp, said there’s a benefit to great quarterbacks working out together.
“They talk about how things play out for them at their schools,” said Avery, who in addition to Newman and Fields has worked with Florida’s Emory Jones, Central Michigan’s David Moore, and Georgia Tech’s Jordan Yates.
“They all get along well and they’re trying to help each other.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Newman and Fields (6-3, 228) are two of the more physically impressive quarterbacks in college football. Both are projected as first-round picks in early mock drafts.
“They are pretty comparable, Jamie is a little bigger, but size-wise they are on par with each other,” Avery said. “I think Jamie is a little heavier, but still a tremendous athlete.”
Avery said both players have shown great agility.
“In terms of their ability to change direction, and create space in the pocket,” he said, “they are elite at it.”
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Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist at Ohio State last season, and more big things are projected for the Big Ten-favored Buckeyes.
Avery maintains this will be a breakout season of sorts for Newman, as well, working under former NFL offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
“Jamie will be able to develop pro concepts, work the reads, identify the protections and display the talents that show he can play on Sundays,” Avery said.
“In this Georgia offense, he will be special,” he said. “He has tremendous weapons outside. They have an outstanding receiving corps, with young guys coming in. They were a banged-up crew last year.”
And while the coronavirus pandemic has limited the amount of times teams can work together, Avery points out individuals have had more time for skill work.
“A lot of the guys I’ve been seeing have been working their tails off, and now they can do more of the skill work,” Avery said. “Usually this time of year, coaches are backing off them a bit.
“But now they can work on more technical aspects.”
The Bulldogs and other SEC programs could be back on their respective campuses as early as June 1 or possibly June 15.
The NCAA is expected to lift its on-campus activity moratorium — that ran through May 31 — when the NCAA Division I council votes on Wednesday.
On Friday, the SEC presidents will vote on whether to return on June 1 or June 15.
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