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Georgia Quarterback Jamie Newman Opting Out

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Jamie Newman, who many presumed would be Georgia’s starting quarterback this season, is opting out to prepare for the NFL Draft, according to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports. Newman played the 2019 season at Wake Forest; he threw for 2,868 yards and 26 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last season for the Demon Deacons.

Newman was set to compete for the job with fellow transfer quarterback, JT Daniels, who came from USC and was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA in July.

Over the weekend, star Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was spotted at a Georgia scrimmage. He transferred to Ohio State from Georgia. There is no reporting tying Fields to a potential return but it’s a fun conspiracy theory to think about if the Big Ten does not get their affairs in order pronto.

In Outkick’s recent mock draft, Newman was selected as a top-10 pick. As we mentioned alongside the news of star LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase opting out of the season, if you are a projected top half of the first round draft pick there is a case to be made that the risk of playing this particular peculiar college football season outweighs the reward. It would not be a surprise if we see even more star players make this decision.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Hey Ryan,
    I dunno…the 2021 draft is at the end of April 2021. That’s 8 months out. How do you “prepare for the NFL draft” 8 months out…play Madden…throw easy 20 yd outs and long spirals to your buds with nobody looking to crush you?
    His existing game tapes are that good? He did beat Jordan Love and the Aggies last year, so maybe he knows what he’s doing.

  2. I thought he was going to Georgia to prove that he is a first rounder. Big mistake in my opinion. Why didn’t he just go in this year’s draft instead of wasting everyone’s time? Maybe he wasn’t so sure that he was going to win the job. Next man up.

  3. Players have every right to make decisions in the best interest of their career, but I have a feeling many NFL GMs/coaches will think twice about drafting someone who sits out an entire year to ‘prepare’ for the draft. Where is the love for the game?

  4. I rewatched one of Newman’s games last week, he’s a solid passer but where he hurt us was with his legs. I don’t see him as all that attractive as a pro QB. I suspect this “sit out” was probably a pre-emptive way to avoid losing the starting job to someone else. Its better optics to take the year off than be a clipboard holder all season. Also Playing against ACC defenses and SEC defenses is a very different dynamic, I don’t think Newman would be able to easily rush for 80 yards per game against SEC defenses other than the bottom feeders.

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