19 Sep 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia

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Redshirt Senior | 6’3″, 230 lbs | December 1, 1997 | Graham, NC

A big and athletic QB who shows arm strength and poise, but has some questions left to be answered.

Jamie Newman was arguably the most coveted name in the transfer portal this offseason before deciding to take his talents to the Classic City. In his only full year as a starter at Wake Forest, he was productive and finished second in the ACC with 286.8 total yards per game. That being said, he struggled against the better competition and especially struggled after WR1 Sage Surratt went down in November. Stepping into the SEC will be a good litmus test for the transfer, where it will be sink or swim against some of the best college football has to offer.

Strengths:

  • Arm Strength
  • Quick and smooth throwing motion
  • Pocket Mobility
  • Poise in the pocket
  • Good body composition
  • Threat in the running game
  • Hard to bring down

Areas To Improve:

  • Accuracy: will occasionally miss targets he shouldn’t
  • Manipulating DBs
  • Pre-Snap Processing
  • Anticipation
  • Running Back Mentality: could lead to possible injury in future

Injury Concerns:

  • No significant injury history

Way Too Early Projection:

Newman enters the season as the 3rd or 4th QB on many big boards thanks to the tools in his possession, and with UGA appearing to adopt a more modern looking offense he could make a statement to be a Day 1 pick. He will have to show that he has what it takes to run a more mentally demanding offense than he did at Wake Forest, and thats just to win the starting job in the first place. Let us not forget that Justin Fields was beaten out by Jake Fromm in part because of his inability to grasp the offense. If Newman can catch onto the offense and capitalize on what should be a more passing heavy scheme, he could be a competitor for QB3 in the 2021 draft and a possible late 1st Round pick.

What To Watch For:

Newman will have to first win the starting job, which he is favored to do, and then prove he has what it takes by way of a productive season. The cancellation of spring practice is a double edged sword for him: it hurts him since he will have less time to learn, but it also does the same for his main competition in true freshman Carson Beck. Considering this, Newman’s experience could be what earns him the nod from Head Coach Kirby Smart. Assuming he wins the job, he will have better protection and a better overall arsenal than he did at Wake Forest, which can only help him. The main thing to keep an eye on is how he will perform not only in a new offense on a new team, but against much better competition.

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