Georgia’s Kirby Smart Reacts To Jamie Newman’s Abrupt Exit
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart reacted to Jamie Newman’s abrupt departure this week with a statement of their own.
“While we will miss him being part of our program, I fully support Jamie’s decision and we will continue to regard him as a Georgia Bulldog,” he said.
“Certainly we wish him nothing but the best in his quest for an NFL career and he knows he will always have a home at UGA.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Newman stunned the sports world by opting out of playing football next season. Instead, he will focus on the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I would like to thank Coach Smart for extending the opportunity for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program,” the youngster said.
“Although my time has been short I’ve built some great relationships and I’ve had a chance to continue my development.”
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) September 2, 2020
Newman was widely regarded as the surefire starting quarterback for the Bulldogs in 2020. Now that responsibility will likely fall to JT Daniels, who transferred in from USC and received an eligibility waiver from the NCAA to play immediately.
If for any reason Daniels cannot go this Fall, Smart will need to choose between senior Stetson Bennett, redshirt freshman D’Wan Mathis and freshman Carson Beck to guide his offense.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) September 2, 2020
Last year, Georgia finished 12-2 and nearly made it to the College Football Playoff. A late-season loss to LSU ultimately took them out of contention, though.
As a result, the Bulldogs ended the year with a 26-14 win over Baylor in the Sugar Bowl.