ATHENS — Former Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley believes Wake Forest grad transfer Jamie Newman will respond to the competition JT Daniels could bring this season.
If anyone knows the value of making the most of their senior season, it’s Shockley,
Shockley played behind David Greene for three years before pouncing on his opportunity. In 2005, Shockley led the Bulldogs to the SEC Championship with his MVP performance in the 34-14 win over then-No. 3-ranked LSU.
Newman, a backup at Wake Forest his first two seasons before a breakout 2019 campaign, said choosing Georgia was a “no-brainer.”
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Shockley said Newman will feed off the competition from the USC transfer — Daniels — along with freshmen D’Wan Mathis and Carson Beck.
“If you’re a competitor like I know Jamie Newman is, he’s played the last couple of years in the ACC and done really well,” Shockley said on the WSB GameDay show.
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“This will only make him hungrier to fight for that spot.”
Newman enrolled at UGA in January and had a chance to get some rhythm throwing in 7-on-7 drills.
But spring drills were canceled before they could even get started on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
Kirby Smart has said UGA doesn’t know what they have at quarterback, and the staff won’t be allowed to oversee workouts until July 15.
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Newman and the other UGA quarterbacks could only rely on four and then eight hours of Zoom calls with new offensive coordinator Todd Monken leading up to the voluntary workouts.
Daniels, who has applied for a waiver that would grant him immediate eligibility, is considered a “cerebral” quarterback.
But Daniels is also coming off a torn ACL suffered in the first half of Southern Cal’s opening game last season.
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Meanwhile, Shockley likes the mobility the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Newman brings to the offensive arsenal.
“Jamie is more athletic and can move around,” Shockley said. “This is a guy who over the past couple of years, I was looking at his numbers, he’s had 244 attempts running the football for over 800 yards.
Indeed, but Newman said himself he was “banged up” after last season.