Georgia quarterback transfer Jamie Newman is a good fit for the direction of the Bulldogs’ offense, according to renowned quarterback trainer Quincy Avery.
The same man who helped train Houston Texans’ star Deshaun Watson worked with Newman last week and helped him study the teams pursuing his services.
The Bulldogs are looking to replace Jake Fromm this spring.
Fromm surprisingly left the program following his junior season despite not having a first-round NFL draft grade.
Georgia has talent in the quarterbacks’ room.
D’Wan Mathis is a redshirt freshman expected to be cleared in May. Carson Beck is a high-profile incoming freshman from Florida. The Bulldogs also return some experience in former walk-on and junior college quarterback Stetson Bennett.
But Newman, who is a grad-transfer from Wake Forest, brings a great deal of talent and leadership to an offense that’s going to be modified.
“In the offense that they are running, they haven’t been in a position where they could add to the game with the quarterback runs,” Avery said, citing Fromm’s limited mobility. “They’ll be able to do that, but I think it will be limited.”
The modified version of the Bulldogs’ offense will stay balanced, but Newman adds a dimension Fromm could not.
Avery indicated Georgia coach Kirby Smart isn’t looking for any offensive gadgetry from Newman.
“He’s going to allow Jamie to pass the football, drive the ball down the field and outside the hashes,” Avery said. “When things break down and they’re not available outside, then I think they’re going to be able to use his legs.
“It’s not gonna be a bunch of quarterback runs, although, he has the ability to do that as well as anyone in the country.”
Avery, who also worked with Miami quarterback Jarren Williams and Houston quarterback D’Eriq King, said Newman’s strengths are his athleticism, accuracy and preparation.
Smart, no doubt, will be excited to hear how similar Newman’s approach to scouting games and preparation is to Fromm’s.
“You talk about his preparation between each games, and it was NFL stuff,” Avery said. “When he gets the opportunity to go play as a grad transfer and be able take online courses — and dive into his play book, and dive into his scouting and game-plaining — you’re going to see somebody who is going to be the most prepared quarterback in the country.”
Avery believes Newman will benefit from the Georgia receiving corps, most notably George Pickens, who he projects as a first-rounder.
“He has the ability to make every single throw on the football field, (and) you look at his stats, he was leading the country in contested throws and he didn’t have the receivers to the level of Georgia’s” Avery said. “But he was able to throw the ball in tight spaces and complete them at a high clip, and of course, what he did in he run game was incredible.”
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,
Newman also had 180 attempts for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns, including a 50-yard run.
DawgNation’s Michael Carvell contributed to this story