ATHENS — Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman has been a part of the Bulldogs’ team since January, going through winter workouts and preparing for a spring football season that never happened.
Newman, a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, proved charismatic and intellectual in a Zoom conference call hosted by The Bulldogs Club and distributed to UGA donors last weekend.
The Georgia quarterback competition is sure to continue to make headlines.
There’s a great deal of talent in that one position group room. In addition to Newman, UGA has USC transfer JT Daniels, former Ohio State commit D’Wan Mathis and last year’s Florida Class 8A Player of the Year Carson Beck.
Redshirt junior Stetson Bennett, last year’s No. 2 quarterback, is also expected back.
Newman, however, didn’t mention anything about the competition or how he feels he measures up during the donor video.
Here are three things to note from Newman’s appearance and comments:
Newman was identified as a vocal leader and hard worker by his former teammates at Wake Forest, and it sounds and appears as though he’s starting to assert himself at Georgia.
“Being back with the guys, everyone is appreciative of being able to be back in that culture and being able to bond and grow,” Newman said. “Because that’s what makes it all so special.”
No doubt that was the formula for LSU with quarterback Joe Burrow spending countless offseason hours with his receivers over the course of his two years as a transfer.
Newman’s time is limited, so the need to spend time around teammates in both workout and personal settings will go a long way this season.
Newman cited Georgia’s championship defense first when asked why he chose to play for the Bulldogs.
It could be telling, if Newman truly wants and proves capable of handling adverse and challenging situations on the football field. The SEC schedule is full of hurdles, and the QB competition is real.
“What really led me to come to UGA was just the opportunity to compete against that defense every day in practice,” Newman said.
“I’m getting 12 games in the SEC,” he said. “But I’m also getting a number of practices versus the best defense in the SEC.”
Style of play
Former UGA quarterback D.J. Shockley told Newman he sees some of himself in Newman’s game. Newman, meanwhile, likened himself to former NFL starting quarterbacks.
The late Steve McNair — along with former Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton and Philadelphia Eagles’ star Donovan McNabb — were the names Newman mentioned.
It’s clear the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Newman prides himself on his physicality and mobility. McNair (6-2, 230), Newton (6-5, 245) and McNabb (6-2, 240) were all true dual-threats with great arm strength.
Georgia figures to have somewhat of a new-look offense with coordinator Todd Monken in the design phase with the season fast approaching.
Monken, along with head coach Kirby Smart and the rest of the staff, are allowed to start overseeing workouts on July 15.
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