Jamie Newman official statement and only (introductory) interview as Georgia Bulldog
ATHENS — Jamie Newman’s first public comments as the Georgia quarterback came on Twitter when he announced he was leaving on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound graduate transfer from Wake Forest was entrenched in a quarterback competition with former 5-star USC recruit turned transfer JT Daniels at the time of his departure.
Newman, who overcame a sprained foot suffered in July, indicated the COVID-19 climate was a factor in his decision to move forward and train for the NFL draft.
The 22-year-old from Graham, N.C., issued a classy release on his Twitter account, sharing his concerns on the global pandemic and thanking the University of Georgia and coach Kirby Smart.
“Although my time has been short, I’ve built some great relationships and I’ve had a chance to continue my development,” Newman penned. “As I prepare for the journey ahead, I remain hopeful and excited about what the future holds especially during these challenging times in our world.”
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) September 2, 2020
Some had at first speculated Newman might sit out the remainder of the season and perhaps transfer to another school.
But his announcement made it clear he’s aiming for the 2021 NFL Draft, where some have projected him among the top quarterback options.
Newman will have more opportunities to train with renowned QB trainer Quincy Avery as he preps for what is ahead, including a chance to compete in the NFL friendly Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Newman was among several Georgia players pictured in a Senior Bowl graphic promoting the Bulldogs’ potential participants in the annual North-South College Football All-Star Game.
— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) August 25, 2020
Newman was not among the 10 Georgia players who have spoken to the media via Zoom chats since the start of fall camp.
But Newman was a part of a private Zoom chat three UGA players held for the program’s most esteemed booster group back in June.
Newman explained how he stayed ready for football over the long offseason.
“It’s just me embracing the grind, just keeping all my gear in the trunk, finding open fields wherever we can throw, getting a workout in,” Newman said in the video.
“I’ve been trying to find little things to stay sharp on, like getting extra meetings with Coach (Todd) Monken, or calling up the guys and playing Madden online and running our own plays, simple things like that.”
Newman said he was thrilled to be back among his teammates after the long break from February to June.
“Just the atmosphere itself, being back with the guys, everyone is appreciative of being able to be back in that culture and being able to bond and grow, because that’s what makes it all so special,” Newman said.
“The energy has been great as far as the workouts. The coaches have done a great job of keeping the energy, so I think it’s been great.”
Former Georgia quarterback and SEC Championship Game MVP DJ Shockley was moderating the interview and asked Newman to describe his style as a quarterback
“All day I just sit and watch film from all different quarterbacks from all different eras, last night I was watching Steve McNair, because Steve McNair he’s one of the guys I feel like I’m similar to; big, country, strong, tough competitor,” Newman said.
“Of course Cam Newton. I’ve been a Cam Newton fan since probably middle school when he first came out. I would also say Donovan McNabb: tough, physical, big guy, just get it done at all costs kind of costs type of guy.”
Newman said the Georgia defense was a major reason he had chosen the Bulldogs.
“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, but I’m getting a number of practices versus the best defense in the SEC. So that’s kinda what drove me to come to UGA.
“A lot of seniors coming back showed me that it was a family culture, and everyone is of the same mindset to come back and get a championship.”
The Bulldogs are still aiming for a championship, but now they’ll have to do it without Newman.
Daniels leads a quarterback room down to four scholarship quarterbacks, including redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis, true freshman Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett.