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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Jamie Newman
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1. Jamie Newman is the more dynamic quarterback

The first big advantage that Newman possesses against Daniels is his ability to run. The former Demon Deacon had 574 yards on the ground in 2019. That’s 729 more yards than Daniels had in his two years in Los Angeles, and its 534 more than Jake Fromm had during his time in Athens.

In Newman, the Bulldogs will be able to unlock a massive array of possibilities that haven’t existed in Athens in a long time. For an offense that has gotten so stale in recent years, this shift at the quarterback position could be the kind of change that is needed.

The icing on the cake for Newman is that, while the running game is what sets him apart, he’s by no means an inefficient passer. Newman has an advantage over Daniels in passer rating, yards per attempt (standard and adjusted), and touchdown-to-interception ratio. Daniels has a ton of arm talent, but he hasn’t actually been the superior passer when it comes down to it.

This battle isn’t the runner vs. passer matchup that many have painted it as. This is a matchup of two similarly productive passers, in which one of the guys can also tuck the ball and run like a tailback.

The choice for Kirby Smart and offensive coordinator Todd Monken is clear here. Newman’s ability to run is just another threat in an offense that includes guys like Zamir White, George Pickens, and Demetris Robertson. Having that dual-threat at quarterback will only makes thing tougher for defenses, and easier for the offense.