Well known quarterback coach Quincy Avery has worked with many talented quarterbacks over the years. He is the personal coach of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson , Jalen Hurts and many others travel to the Atlanta area to work with Avery.
Georgia QB Jamie Newman also works closely with Avery and the two are hard at it during this college football layoff due to the spread of the coronavirus. Avery knows the former Wake Forest signal caller very well and believes he is already a little step ahead of the game as a graduate transfer and mature player entering his one season at UGA, even without spring practice.
“The situation that Jamie is in, is a lot different than someone that is coming in from high school,” Avery told Dawgs247 .”Jamie knows what it takes to be a starter at the division one P5 level already. He understands what it will take from him, he does not need to get acclimated to college football. Of course reps of spring ball would have been a positive and beneficial, but I am 100 percent confident that Jamie can get his guys together when they are allowed and get going with work.”
The current objective of Newman’s training is fine tuning his skill set and keeping him ready for when the practice and throwing sessions resume in Athens.
“Right now we are training essentially like I train my guys for the combine and draft, “ he said. ”With Georgia’s offense not being completely in with a new offensive coaching staff, our focus has been really just working technique and understanding football right now. Jamie is so mature and he wants to be great so bad. It has been great. He always wants to get better. He really threw the ball well last year at Wake Forest. He has never had the opportunity to throw with receivers like he is about to have at Georgia with George (Pickens) and those kind of guys. As soon as he can get on the field with those guys and get consistent, he is going to look even more talented than people saw last year.”
One thing to say about Newman is that he knows what’s at stake for him personally: a chance to display his skills on a higher level and to a wider audience than he’s had before. If Smart has gauged his character correctly, that should go a long way. Too bad the work with the receiving corps is put on hold for now.