The Georgia Bulldogs now have a quarterback controversy on their hands after former USC Trojans QB JT Daniels was granted immediate eligibility, and will battle with former Wake Forest Demon Deacons QB Jamie Newman for starting reps for 2020.
Assuming we do have a season to play, Newman arguably has the leg up on this battle, having transferred to Georgia prior to Daniels.
He also has a leg up based on talent showcased on a Power-5, major college football scale.
Daniels, the former five-star recruit, did not fare nearly as well in his time as a starting college football quarterback as Newman has in his career. The redshirt-senior has one final year of eligibility left, and it’s hard to imagine he transferred to Georgia with the thought of sitting out, or not playing.
It’s also hard to imagine the same for Daniels, but it is more conceivable, knowing that Newman was gone no matter what after the 2020 season and his immediate eligibility was not known.
Still, Newman should be the starter, if we were to base it off the 2019 season and prior, after he transformed the Wake Forest offense into a formidable threat to score at will. He had his moments but he finished his final season at Wake Forest by completing 219 of 359 passes for 2,873 yards and 26 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. He’s a dynamic player in the backfield and should elevate the Bulldogs offense more than Daniels could in Year 1 of the system.
This still is an intriguing position battle, and certainly one that has interest in that of Trojan fans as we’ll see where the now-transferred former Trojan QB stands against some talented players.