The 2020 version of the Georgia Bulldogs football team will look vastly different from the one that triumphed over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. When graduate transfer quarterback Jamie Newman announced his commitment to Georgia nearly a week ago, he completely altered the outlook of a Georgia program that had just lost starting signal-caller Jake Fromm to the NFL.
The Georgia offense – once known for its conservative, yet efficient approach – will now be expected to be one of the most explosive offenses in the SEC, solely due to the addition of their dynamic passer. This piece illustrates just what Newman will bring to the Georgia offense and what he needs to do in order to maintain the success sustained by his predecessor.
While Jake Fromm effectively led an offense that averaged nearly 31 points per game, certain aspects of his game — namely arm strength and lack of mobility — hindered the offense to some degree.
Jamie Newman, however, is quite the opposite.
Last season, Newman threw for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions running Wake Forest’s RPO spread offense. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback was one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in college football last season, adding 574 yards rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground (By comparison, Fromm had 38 attempts for -12 yards on the season). Newman also differs from his predecessor in that he operated the Demon Deacons offense with a fast tempo, whether it was facilitating the ball to his vast array of wide receivers or pulling it down and picking up the yards himself. He also possesses the required arm strength to push the ball down the field.
Under Fromm, Georgia primarily ran a pro-style offense, with a small mix of play-action, but they have shown a willingness to throw in some RPO plays on occasion — a concept that figures to become the norm in 2020. Despite a rangy group of pass-catchers, electric runners, and a strong offensive line throughout the majority of Fromm’s time in Athens, the Georgia offense appeared stagnant and often lacked the explosiveness of its SEC counterparts. With Newman now at the helm, Georgia offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will have the full playbook at his disposal.
Primed for new heights?
There is no telling what this Georgia offense can be with Newman under center. His athleticism and game-breaking ability finally give the program a juggernaut offense equipped to compete with the powerhouses of the SEC. The expectations will understandably be high, considering the level of sustained success Georgia has had under Fromm over the past three seasons.
Though his shortcomings have been well-documented, Fromm rarely put the Bulldogs in harm’s way by turning the football over. His knack for settling for short and intermediate throws instead of opening things up and taking risks certainly played a big role, but the team has been able to go 36-7 over three seasons because of it. Fromm threw 18 interceptions in 43 career games, while Newman has tossed 16 over 19 career games. As meticulous as Fromm was with the football during his Georgia tenure, his mistake-free play played a big role in the program’s recent success.
In football, your best ability is your availability. Given Newman’s propensity to put himself in harm’s way with his dual-threat ability, it’s fair to wonder if his body will be able to withstand the rigors that come with SEC play. The defenders are generally faster than in the ACC, and the Georgia Bulldogs will only be able to go as far as Newman can take them. While taking risks can ultimately lead to explosive plays and break a game open, Newman will need to take calculated risks in 2020 to ensure he is available for his team.
Georgia Quarterback Jamie Newman’s 2020 outlook
If all goes according to plan, the new-look Georgia offense could very well take the college football world by storm in 2020. In addition to their new signal-caller, they have an impressive recruiting class, and younger players like running back Zamir White and wide receivers George Pickens and Dominick Blaylock are expected to take the next step and become centerpieces.
While there are plenty of questions surrounding Newman and a largely revamped Georgia offense next season, there is little doubt that quarterback Jamie Newman has the potential to take Georgia’s outlook to new heights in 2020.