Georgia Football: 3 reasons Jamie Newman should start in 2020

Jamie Newman, Wake Forest Football (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)
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There’s a quarterback brewing for Georgia football, pitting Jamie Newman and JT Daniels against each other. Here’s why the veteran should start.

On Monday morning, former USC quarterback JT Daniels took to Twitter to announce that the NCAA has granted him immediate eligibility to play at Georgia in 2020.

With that news, the most interesting quarterback battle in the nation this offseason has officially begun.

In one corner is Daniels, the former USC starter who was usurped by Kedon Slovis after a Week 1 injury. During his time as a Trojan, Daniels completed 60.7 percent of his throws on the way to  2,887 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.

In the other corner, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing over 230 pounds, is Jamie Newman. After three seasons at Wake Forest, the versatile transfer brings Georgia a dual-threat they haven’t had at the position in a very long time.

This battle is especially intriguing because of just how important it is to Georgia. The Kirby Smart era has featured extremely talented teams that have seen the offense stall far too often, especially in some huge moments. That blame has been laid squarely at the feet of the quarterbacks.

Whoever wins this battle will inherit not only the pressure to win in 2020, but also the impatience of a program and fan base that it can be a College Football Playoff team again if it can get consistent play from its offense, and more specifically, its quarterback.