A rough week in Athens got a little better over the weekend, when word got out that former Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman was transferring to Georgia. Newman has already enrolled at UGA will be eligible right away in 2020.
Newman has great size and lots of muscle on his 6-foot-4, 230-pound frame. He played in 12 games for the Demon Deacons this year, completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 2,868 yards with a 26/11 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Newman also had 574 rushing yards and six TDs. He had three TD passes in Wake Forest’s 27-21 loss to Michigan State in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee State on Dec. 27.
In 2018, Newman went 3-1 as a starter in the Demon Deacons’ last four games when Sam Hartman was injured. In the regular-season finale, the 5-6 Deacs needed to win at Duke to secure a bowl bid.
With Wake Forest listed as a 10.5-point road underdog, Newman was the catalyst in a 59-7 victory over the Blue Devils. He connected on 18-of-23 throws for 177 yards and four TDs without an interception.
On Nov. 8 in Newman’ first career start, he led Wake Forest to a 27-23 win at 22nd-ranked North Carolina State as a 19.5-point road underdog. Newman completed 22-of-33 passes for 297 yards and three TDs without an interception.
Newman finished 2018 with a 59.6 completion percentage, 1,083 passing yards and nine TDs compared to four interceptions. He had 247 rushing yards, four TDs and a 3.9 yards-per-carry average.
UGA lost three-year starter Jake Fromm when he declared early for the 2020 NFL Draft last week. Newman will compete with Stetson Bennett for the UGA starting QB job in 2020.