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Projected Georgia starting QB opts out of season

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This is massive news for the landscape of the SEC East.

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Some breaking news is coming out of Athens, as Georgia Bulldogs QB Jamie Newman is reportedly opting out of the 2020 football season.

Newman, who transferred to Georgia as a grad transfer this offseason, was projected to be the Bulldogs’ starting signal-caller this season. Last season at Wake Forest, Newman completed 220/361 passes for 2,868 yards and 26 touchdowns vs. 11 interceptions for a passer-efficiency rating of 145.35. He added 574 rushing yards and six more scores on the ground.

While Georgia has gotten great QB player since Kirby Smart took over in 2016, Newman had the potential to be the best Georgia has had since Matthew Stafford. Heading into the 2020 season, Newman was ranked as the fifth-best QB prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft by Pro Football Focus. The senior was also tied for the sixth-best odds to win the Heisman Trophy.

However, the cupboard isn’t bare for Georgia, who also landed USC transfer J.T. Daniels this offseason, and he’s since received a waiver to play next season. But the redshirt sophomore is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the beginning of the 2019 season, and he’s still not been cleared for full contact with less than a month until Week 1 of the SEC season.

If Daniels is out, junior Stetson Bennett is the projected starter. He’s attempted just 27 career passes.

Needless to say, this is massive news for the landscape of the SEC East. It also could provide an opening for the Kentucky Wildcats to finally beat the Dawgs and win the school’s first division title.