Wake Forest graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman has enrolled at the University of Georgia, and ESPN reported that he has committed to play football for the Bulldogs.
Newman, however, had not made any public statements about his college football intentions as of Saturday morning. Georgia has also not made any announcements about choosing to transfer to the program for his final season of eligibility.
Newman was 220-of-361 passing last season with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His quarterback efficiency rating was 145.30, 40th in the nation.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound graduate transfer also had 180 attempts for 574 yards and 6 touchdowns, including a 50-yard run.
RELATED: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is also reporting Newman’s move to UGA
Georgia would seem to be a good fit for him, according to Newman’s high school coach Anthony Timmons and his personal QB trainer, Quincy Avery.
Both indicated in interviews with DawgNation that Newman has the leadership and skills to guide a championship-level program.
The Bulldogs return the top defense in the SEC. Georgia brings back 9 of 11 starters from a team that beat No. 7 Baylor 26-14 in the Sugar Bowl.
The offense is in need of a reload and identity change after junior Jake Fromm’s surprising decision to declare himself eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.
New offensive line coach Matt Luke, a former offensive coordinator and head coach at Ole Miss, has already played a role in the shift in philosophy.
Coach Kirby Smart still has another vacancy on his coaching staff to fill. There’s been speculation it could be another bright offensive mind.
The versatile Newman, who rates as the No. 3 returning quarterback by Pro Football Focus, has the sort of dual-threat abilities that present problems for defenses.
Newman’s coaches said he’s approaching his transfer as a business decision — not in the manner of a high school recruit.
That could explain his Twitter and social media channels remaining silent even as multiple outlets reported his decision.
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