WATCH: ‘Dynamic’ Georgia grad-transfer Jamie Newman praised by Clemson defensive coordinator, safety
NEW ORLEANS — Wake Forest bolted out to a 7-1 start behind quarterback Jamie Newman, the team’s only loss coming in a 62-59 shootout to Louisville.
Newman announced on Saturday he’s going to play at Georgia next season as a graduate transfer. The No. 5-ranked Bulldogs will be looking for Newman to compete to replace outgoing junior Jake Fromm.
There’s plenty of film on Newman. He’s a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder who led the Demon Deacons to a strong start before injuries derailed the team’s season.
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables schemed carefully for Newman, and Tigers’ safety Tanner Muse was all over the film study.
“I think (Newman) is great, he’s a hard-nosed physical runner and then he can pass the ball,” Muse said at the College Football Playoff Media Day on Saturday. “When you get a dual-threat guy like that, it’s very tough.
“I think Georgia got a good pickup.”
Venables knew stopping Newman would be the key to beating Wake Forest. The Tigers did just that, winning 52-3 in Death Valley on Nov. 16.
It was the Demon Deacons’ first game without the ACC’s leading receiver at that point, Sage Surratt. It clearly hampered an offense that was averaging 487 yards coming into the game.
“Jamie has been a terrific player for them,” Venables said. “Very dynamic, big, strong, athletic, tough, does all the RPOs very well. Got a big arm.
“So Georgia is getting a really good player.”
Newman is enrolled at UGA and will take part in spring drills.
The Bulldogs also have redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis — who is cleared to practice and expects to be cleared for full contact in May — along with returning redshirt junior Stetson Bennett.
Incoming freshman Carson Beck is a highly-rated prospect from Florida who has enrolled early and is also expected to compete for the starting job.
Muse made it clear he likes Newman’s chances at Georgia.
“I like his game,” Muse said. “He didn’t play the year before (2018) at Wake Forest, and then this year, he just burst onto the scene and picked up all these stats.
“I think they should be really excited about him. He’s a really good player.”
Newman was 220-of-361 passing for 2,868 yards last season with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His quarterback efficiency rating was 145.30, 40th in the nation.
Newman also had 180 rushing attempts for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns, including a 50-yard run.
Clemson DC Brent Venables
Clemson safety Tanner Muse