Jake Rowe’s been watching some tape of Georgia’s newest quarterback.
A few observations…
– He’s a tackle-breaking machine. Some QBs are mobile and they’ll take what is there. Some will make you miss. Newman does both of those things, but he also bounces off tackles and steps through them. He can run in traffic but it also caused him to get a little banged up so he’s going to have to get that fixed.
– I saw quite a few batted balls. He’s a tall guy and seems to have a normal release, but I went through several full games and a lot of passes were tipped at the line of scrimmage.
– Really good deep-ball accuracy and seems to read the coverage well in doing that. I’m going to highlight a throw he made against Va. Tech that really impressed me because it’s not as easy as folks might make it out to be and he really helped his receiver with the ball placement.
– Definitely prefers to throw the ball outside and that’s where he’s at his best. Gets the ball out quickly and has a lot of zip on the ball so he can take advantage of teams playing inside leverage by throwing darts and allowing his guys to work up field. Throws the ball pretty well in the middle of the field but, as noted, tipped passes were an issue at times.
– I wouldn’t expect UGA to put him in the line of fire as often as Wake Forest did. He had 180 rushes on the year and some of those were sacks, but Wake used him to split the zone in the run game a lot of times — meaning that they would use a walk-up handoff where Newman would essentially set a pick on the backside edge rusher. I’d never seen that before watching Newman’s games. I’ve provided a GIF of what I’m talking about below.
I can’t get the gif to load here, but watching it, I can see why Newman wanted a change of scenery. Wake beat the hell out of him last season. I doubt Coley’s going to add that to the playbook.