Here’s a deep dive into what Jamie Newman brings to the table after his last season at Wake Forest. The author does a good job outlining Newman’s strengths and weaknesses — there are both on display in the post — and summarizes as follows:
Newman is a strong armed passer who is a perfect fit for Todd Monken’s Air Raid offensive philosophy, and he’ll likely put up prolific passing numbers. If you’re optimistic in how Monken will utilize Newman’s athleticism, and equally optimistic that Newman can adapt to playing against more talented defenses week-over-week, Newman’s preseason Heisman odds are justified, and he will put himself in Heisman contention early and has an outside shot at following in the footsteps of Mayfield, Murray, and Burrow as transfer QBs turned Heisman winners.
The Monken factor is one thing we don’t know about, obviously, first, in terms of how he intends to use Newman in the offense…
What’s unclear is how Monken intends to use Newton’s athleticism. Historically, Monken has not used quarterback runs as any significant element of his offense. Only J.W. Walsh, who Monken coached as Oklahoma State’s offensive coordinator in 2012, had any meaningful rushing contribution from the QB position under Monken, accumulating 290 yards and 7 touchdowns that year. The next best rushing performance by a QB under Monken was Jameis Winston’s 281 yards and one touchdown in 2018. Overall, neither stat line compare to what we’ve seen from athletic quarterbacks at the collegiate level, and would be disappointing numbers for an athlete of Newman’s pedigree.
The silver lining is that Monken is at least saying the right things since arriving in Athens, stating that he’s more focused on adapting to his players rather than dogmatic application of a specific style. Newman’s athleticism supports his usage in designed QB runs and read option packages. While Monken does not have a history of using designed QB runs in his offense, if he really intends to adapt to his players, that will require such runs becoming an offensive staple.
… and second, in terms of how, as Newman’s position coach, he can direct Newman to shed some of the bad habits he showed last year at Wake.
Read the whole thing for more.