Maybe all isn’t lost.

Hoo, boy, I don’t expect this to go down well in Gator Country.  At all.

Jamie Newman is overhyped at Georgia.

Farrell’s take: FICTION. Having former Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman on my list at No 6 was greatly debated. Many didn’t know who he was and others didn’t even know he played last season, but trust me, this is a talented kid who has a chance to be very good with more weapons at Georgia. No 6 might be high, but it’s based on how well he carried the offense at Wake Forest last year and how he fits in at UGA.

Gorney’s take: FICTION. It’s not ridiculous to think Newman could actually be a slight upgrade from Jake Fromm . Newman threw for more yards and touchdowns at Wake Forest than Fromm did this past season at Georgia and so that playmaking ability despite not being surrounded by elite receivers could really propel Newman into a special season in Athens. He does make more mistakes, but he’s going to be a spark in the passing game and so there’s no way he can be overhyped. Farrell having Newman only at No. 6 was actually too low because of his importance to Georgia’s offense next season.

If you’re on the Dan Mullen train, there’s only one possible response to that.



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18 responses to “Maybe all isn’t lost.

  1. ugafidelis

    Grins excitedly.

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  2. practicaldawg

    Everything is hotter in Florida, especially the takes

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  3. The other Doug

    I’ll go ahead and say it, he’s going in the first two rounds of the draft as long as he doesn’t get injured. He has the skills NFL teams want, is smart, and the offense is loaded with talent to make him look good. He’s never had RBs that can force defenses to focus on them, he’s never had an OL like UGA’s OL, and he’s never had a Pickens that does stuff that only guys like Pickens can do.

    Kirby is excellent at evaluating and recruiting, and of all the QBs available he picked Newman.


  4. W Cobb Dawg

    Considering the supporting cast, he can have a lousy season and still win 12 games. A moderately good season puts him in the playoff.

    I think the beefing up of the offensive staff with Monken, Luke and Faulkner has removed a lot of the downside. Newman certainly doesn’t need to ‘carry’ the team.


    • Will (the other one)

      An additional plus to the new offensive staff is I think he will face far, far fewer obvious passing downs compared to junior year Fromm.


  5. Spike

    Rat Poison?

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    • Down Island Way

      Spike …it’s not rat poison till you digest that bull these dipsticks are spewing, let’s get into some team organized practices (april/august) plus film time, then i might, remotely read their bull….


  6. duronimo

    A confluence of historical facts indicate that Monken makes quarterbacks better. Newman is already better than Trask. Now, throw in our superior defense and you potentially get a LSU type year. But it’s not just Newman. Any of our quarterbacks should be effective in Monken’s offense. Florida’s best chance at us was this past year. Crushing their dreams for years to come seems to be baked into the cake.


  7. Gurkha Dawg

    Holy cow guys. I usually take my kool-aid by the gallon but we might be getting a little carried away. Now Newman is Joe Burrow and UGA 2020 is LSU 2019?

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    • Brandon M



    • Biggus Rickus

      I don’t think many have gone that far. I think best case is he plays as well as Russell Wilson at Wisconsin. Worst case seems to be a fairly productive season for a team that doesn’t need to score all that many points to win a lot of games. His floor does appear to be relatively high.


      • Holdupdawg

        Nobody knows how this works out. ACC vs SEC competition. Better talent around him. New offense. New coaches. New environment. There are just too many unknowns. His performance at g-day isn’t gonna say much. I’m interested to see the offense in general. The motions, the alignments and spacing, the way the line blocks the plays called. Watching Newman strong points appear to be pushing the ball down field and mobility. I’ve watched 4 games from last year. So far it looks like he’s hasn’t been as accurate on short to medium throws. Wake had some recvrs that could take the top off and high point balls…Thats his game. I dare say Newman completed more 20+ yard passes in 4 games than uga attempted all year. And I mean that literally. Dude ain’t afraid to turn it loose. He’s about as on the money down the field as any QB I’ve seen. But a lot of his short to medium passes, i.e. crosses/slants/curls, when he misses those, he misses high. He doesn’t seem to anticipate as well on throws to the middle of the field, as he does on deeper throws. He had quite a few batted/tipped balls. More than you would think for a QB his size. I haven’t seen a single under thrown ball in 4 complete games so far. Hes got a fairly smooth/quick release. He seems to have the patience to go through his progressions all the way and not just take off when his first read isn’t available. He strikes me as more of a passer that CAN run, than a runner that can pass. He’s also more of a power runner than an elusive or explosive athlete. Hes a big strong kid and he’s not gonna shy away from contact. . His strengths definitely appear to be an area uga was lacking in last season. On the flip side..He seems to, at times, hold the ball a little too long trying to extend plays that should probably be a tuck and run or just a throw away. He struggles with his mechanics and accuracy when on the move. Arm strength is above average. And that’s…like my opinion…man. The Dude abides.

        I just had knee surgery so I’ve got lots of time on my hands. Enough to watch 4 Wake Forest games. On purpose.

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    • practicaldawg

      You have to understand the point of the offseason/preseason is to establish expectations for the offense that are so impossibly high that it will be easy to generate negative comments for Kirby by week 3.


  8. ASEF

    Newton is a very good WB. I am not dismissing that, but….

    This idea that Newman’s receiving talent stunk is pure nonsense. Sage Surratt will play on Sundays, and Surratt was usually a much superior athlete and player than the guys covering him. The guy on the other side, Washington, is an excellent college receiver as well. Washington went down in game 8, and Surratt went down in game 9.

    Here are Newman’s passing totals games 9-12:
    238 (Va Tech)
    41 (Clemson)
    284 (Duke)
    71 (Syracuse, in 1.5 quarters. His replacement went for 350 and got them to overtime after inheriting a 17 point deficit).
    175 (Michigan State)

    There are a lot of reasons to be excited about Newman, but the idea that he was making hay with poor receivers is at odds with the facts.

    Yes, his position group here will be superior to the one he had in Winston Salem, but the secondaries will be superior as well. It’s pretty hard to quantify how bad pass defense was in the ACC last year.

    Remember all those coaches who won at Podunk U, and everyone got all excited about how awesome that coach was going to be at a real program with real athletes? A lot of the Newman hype bears a resemblance.

    Again, Newman is a very good QB and has a shot at leading his team to a SEC and National Championship.

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    • W Cobb Dawg

      You’re not drinking enough kool-aid!

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    • Russ

      Cool. Now do his offensive line.

      /s (sort of)

      I get what you’re saying. Some of the hype is overblown. It’s the offseason. It’s what we do. But his weapons at UGA overall are much better than the weapons at WF. He won’t have to press as much, which hopefully leads to less mistakes. And with our defense, we only have to be a little better on offense to have a great season.

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  9. I don’t think CBS put the weird win-loss stat since 1990 up this year, so that alone tells you where the rivalry is at.


  10. The Hogbody Abides

    I don’t exactly see Gator fans expressing their sentiments in the same calm manner as the Dude.