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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.