Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman opting out of college football season

Georgia’s first opt out of the 2020 college football season couldn’t be any bigger.

Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman won’t play for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs after all.

The senior confirmed the decision with post on Twitter.

"With much prayer and discussion with my family I would like to announce that due to the uncertainties of this year amide the global pandemic I will officially opt-out of this football season to prepare for the upcoming 2021 NFL draft," the statement said.

"I would like to thank Coach Smart for extending the opportunity for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program. Although my time has been short I've built some great relationships and I've had a chance to continue my development."


Newman, considered a possible NFL first-round draft pick for 2021 entering the season, was expected to give the Bulldogs experience at the position after three-year starter Jake Fromm entered the draft.

The departure leaves Georgia with Southern California transfer JT Daniels, coming off a knee injury, redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis, true freshman Carson Beck and redshirt junior Stetson Bennett at quarterback.

Newman practiced with the team on Monday, but bowed out from playing for the Bulldogs two and a half weeks after preseason practices and after just one scrimmage. He never played in a real game in Sanford Stadium and never even took questions from reporters from media who cover the team.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Newman was the favorite for the starting job, a threat to make plays with his feet after rushing for 574 yards last season for the Demon Deacons and also passing for 2,868 yards with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Daniels is coming off a torn ACL sustained in the USC season opener last year. He scrimmaged last Saturday, but has not yet been cleared to play in an actual game.

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