This Jamie Newman stat should be exhilarating for Georgia football fans

Jamie Newman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
Jamie Newman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images) /

Georgia fans will love this stat about Jamie Newman.

After three years of Jake Fromm, it will be The Jamie Newman Show in the Classic City this fall.

Fromm left school a year early to be drafted in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills. With no clear successor in-house, the Georgia Bulldogs opted to enter the graduate transfer quarterback market and got the best rising senior signal-caller available. Newman leaves the Wake Forest Demon Deacons after three years, poised to carve out his own SEC legacy in 2020.

Based on what he did under Dave Clawson at Wake Forest, Newman enters the fall as one of the three best quarterbacks in the SEC, alongside Kyle Trask of the Florida Gators and Kellen Mond of the Texas A&M Aggies. At this time, Newman has the feel of a mid-to-late first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. So yes, you can say expectations are sky-high for the graduate transfer.

Newman brings not only dual-threat playmaking abilities to a Georgia offense that hasn’t had it outside of Quincy Carter, D.J. Shockley and Justin Fields this century, but he also gives the Dawgs some much-needed bite in the deep-ball passing game. Ask Dawg Nation to take one look at this stat and not be fully convinced he’ll lead UGA to the promised land they’ve been chasing since 1980.

This one stat about Jamie Newman has to make Dawg Nation giddy.

Pro Football Focus College tweeted out a graphic of their highest-graded returning Power 5 quarterbacks on throws of more than 20-plus yards. On big-time throws, Newman graded up No. 1 last year of this subsection of elite college players at 96.9. He edges out Fields, now of the Ohio State Buckeyes, at 95.8 and Kedon Slovis of the USC Trojans at 95.5. That’s quite the company.

The reason Dawg fans should be ecstatic about this deep-ball grade of Newman’s from a year ago is it signifies he’s not afraid of throwing the deep ball, as he is proficient at it. Sure, ACC defensive backfields are nothing like SEC secondaries, but new Georgia offensive coordinator Todd Monken will surely use Newman’s dynamic skill set to the Dawgs’ advantage.

Though the Georgia offensive line lost three starters to the NFL Draft, the receiving corps should be significantly better than it was a year ago. George Pickens enters his sophomore year, as he might be the best receiver Georgia has had since A.J. Green. Despite tearing his ACL in the Sugar Bowl, Dominick Blaylock showed signs of promise well beyond his freshman status a year ago.

What this really comes down to is Newman quickly developing a rapport with these teammates. He’s the ultimate wild card this season. If he can master Monken’s playbook and has quick command of the huddle, Georgia may finally have the well-rounded offense to complement what should be another menacing Kirby Smart defense. Georgia isn’t favored to win the SEC, but the Dawgs are a College Football Playoff contender.

With Newman’s right arm, Georgia can enter the modern world of college passing offense.

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