Sure, Kirby. Whatever you say.

I know he’s got to say this, but does he really think they’re buying it?

Kirby Smart has provided more clarity to the quarterback competition he announced last week, explaining Jamie Newman’s position on the roster.

He (Newman) knows that it’s a competition,” Smart said on Atlanta’s 680 The Fan on Thursday morning. “He knows he has to beat guys out. That’s the way it has always been.”

Newman, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound graduate transfer from Wake Forest, was at the top of Smart’s list when Jake Fromm announced he was forgoing his senior season.

“We had researched the entire year with a thought that Jake would have the opportunity to come out early,” Smart said. “So we had a pool of 30 to 40 of guys that we thought would be potential. Whether they were transfers or whether they were grad transfers, whatever they may be, we knew we could possibly be in the quarterback market.

“Once Jamie went into the portal and we knew he was going to be a graduate transfer, we started communication immediately. And it was a process of finding out whether what he wanted aligned with what we wanted.”

You don’t invest that much time and, more relevantly, convince Newman not to look elsewhere, without a pretty strong feeling he’s your guy.  If you’re defining competition as it’s his job to lose, sure, I can see that, but an open contest among equals?  Nah…


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8 responses to “Sure, Kirby. Whatever you say.

  1. ZeroPOINTzero

    I’d bet each QB in that room thinks they’re the best for one reason or another. Probably not hard to dispel that notion for a master recruiter like KS. Might be harder for KS too convince them that they’re possibly not going to start.


  2. DawgPhan

    Smart said the same thing about Fields and Fromm. I doubt that was really a competition either.


  3. Russ

    Well (assuming this is a normal fall), I hope at least one of the guys pushes him a bit. I’d also like to see that guy play some decent snaps so that we’re not starting cold again in 2021.

    But yeah, it’s Newman’s job to lose.

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  4. dawgtired

    30 to 40 guys? I’m impressed with the energy. As far as the competition goes, I’m sure in the back of Kirby/Monken’s minds, they feel confident about who will rise to the top, but when you’re dealing with college QBs, I guess you never really know until you see them play. Plus, if doesn’t hurt to play the competition mind game…for the fans and the players.


  5. 81Dog

    Just because it’s an open competition doesn’t mean everyone in it is equal. Taking a look at everyone doesn’t preclude an expectation of what you will see. But, not prejudging based solely on what you think will happen seems pretty smart. Isn’t that why we actually play the games?


  6. Ozam

    I watched Wake vs. Clemson last night to see Newman play. Granted Wake runs a really quirky offense and Clemson is much more talented, but I was very underwhelmed by his performance. Hopefully it was an anomaly.


  7. Mayor

    Looking at the roster Newman is the obvious choice. Who is going to beat him out?