PFF ranks the Wake Forest graduate transfer as its top such player in 2020, but that’s not what I want to discuss here. This is:
Wake Forest ran the second-most RPO (run-pass option) plays in 2019 in order to help its QB with easy reads. Newman wasn’t particularly adept at them, though, and his passing grade of only 72.1 on RPO throws shows this. Where Newman was great, and this is good news for Georgia, was on straight dropbacks, as he compiled a 90.0 overall grade on these plays over the course of the season.
Meeting Newman at Georgia is new offensive coordinator Todd Monken and his vertical passing attack. All Jamie Newman did on deep throws last season was put up the second-highest grade in the country at 96.5.
Newman isn’t the second coming of Cam Newton, but if he allows Monken to present a legit deep threat in the passing game, I suspect that’s going to be a bigger deal than we might think. I’m also guessing Newman is thrilled about the potential trade off between what he was asked to do last year and what Georgia will be running in 2020. Should be fun to watch for all concerned.