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Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?
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Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

Jake Fromm has bypassed his senior season for the NFL. Where does that leave Georgia? Let's take on the case of a talented mid-year enrollee in freshman Carson Beck.

If Beck requests to wear that No. 11 jersey next season, it will come as no surprise. He probably has already done so. Beck has that air of calm and you will find out just how collected he is about him.

He's always favored that number growing up. The only reason he didn't wear No. 11 for Mandarin High in Jacksonville was that they didn't have one that fit him back in 2018.

That was right before he took the reins of a 2-8 team and lead them to the school's first-ever state championship in Florida's largest classification.

Beck enrolled at Georgia this week as a mid-year signee in the 2020 class. He did so with the complete respect of the prospects in the 2020 class for what he can do. The 6-foot-4.5, 225-pound freshman even showed up and helped run the scout team in about a week's worth of Sugar Bowl practices last month, too.

His long-time quarterback trainer, Denny Thompson, made it clear that Georgia fans can expect him to be ready. Even if he has the grit to wear that No. 11.

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Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

"When I saw the news today it was anything but panic for him," Thompson said last night. "If there's anybody who is ready to come in and play right away, that's Carson. He's got all the tools you need. He's got the big arm, he's got it in between the ears. Some of the guys that we sent off this year that I train I don't think I would feel as comfortable is saying that. But I feel that Carson is the most college-ready guy that I've trained in a long long time."

"Even if they get a graduate transfer Carson is going to compete and it wouldn't surprise me at all if he's taking the first snap in that opening game."

It seems prudent to also hit that graduate transfer option hard here . Wake Forest graduate transfer Jamie Newman seems to be the trending name to consider here.

It also makes sense to bring up the name D'Wan Mathis and 2019 backup Stetson Bennett IV in the room and discussion here. Don't discount "The Mailman" and a talented athlete like Mathis here.

But this narrative will discuss Beck and all the things that could serve as a prelude to becoming the starter at Georgia in the not-too-distant future.

The plan was to understudy for a year under Fromm. Beck was fine with that. Even when there were rumors of Georgia signing 4-star All-American C.J. Stroud, he never wavered. Beck knew what he could do and was ready to compete. The same as if he was trying to press Fromm or battle with Stroud.

"Whether it is next year or to open up his freshman year, he's going to be ready,' Thompson said. "He's going to win a bunch of football games at Georgia."

When he heard the news on Wednesday and was called into meeting after meeting, it didn't change his perception of his role.

"He's a worker by trade," Thompson said. "I don't think that [Fromm news] changed anything. He's a guy that was going to come in get the most out of every day before this news came out. My assumption of how well I know Carson is the first thing that went through his head was I have to step up my leadership game' and I have to take over this locker room' and I've got to be there for my teammates' but I think in his mind he thinks that is now his team. I know there are other guys there and they have the ability but the real roadblock in everybody's mind to Carson getting on the field was Jake. So now the best way that he can compete for that job right now is to win over his teammate's trust in the film room and the weight room. If they see that he is trying to find all the ways that he can to make their team better."

When the news dropped, Thompson bet the first thing that went through Beck's mind was: What do I have to do today to make this team better?

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Carson Beck: The things to know about the Georgia freshman

The offensive coordinator at Mandarin High comes from a three-generation family of Georgia Bulldogs.

He told DawgNation this summer, despite realizing the full weight of what he was saying, that Beck could combine the talent of two all-time great Georgia quarterbacks.

"You never really really know with any of these guys," Bullock said. "Even with the top guys. He could be a bust. But when I look at him I really look at him with having a Jake Fromm head on his shoulders but with a Matt Stafford arm. That's what I see."

Thompson agrees with that.

"I think Carson has got the potential to be as heady as Jake was," he said. "As smart as Jake was. As dialed-in as Jake was. Everyone that he has played for will tell you that's he's another offensive coordinator."

He's not there yet. It is misguided to think any freshman QB can match the football I.Q. of an SEC champion QB who won a Rose Bowl, played for a national title and started 43 games in the nation's toughest conference.

But Beck will present more arm talent than Georgia fans have seen of late. That's even though there's far more to that in playing quarterback at a championship level. Fromm was a clear example of that.

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Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

"Physically now he's extremely gifted," Thompson said. "His arm talent is elite. It is as good an anybody in the country. His anticipation is great."

Thompson said that Beck has that rare arm that can throw a 50-yard pass three different ways. 1) He can loft it; 2) He can layer it over a defender or; 3) He can simply rip it in there on a line.

Beck was a one-time Florida baseball commit with a fastball that was clocked at 91 miles per hour.

Can he win the job and be the guy for Georgia in 2020? If he does, it definitely won't be the hardest thing he has ever had to do.

Consider the events that greeted him when he got the job at Mandarin in the fall of 2018. He was dealing with the following:

  • The local NBC affiliate following him around to class the week of his first start to hype up a season-opening broadcast
  • A broken thumb on the first play of his first game. He recovered to throw three touchdowns.
  • A bout with mono that saw him miss extended preseason time (at least 1.5 weeks of practice) and a lot of weight
  • A groin injury
  • Missing a game early in his junior season due to those ills
  • A tepid 1-2 start for a program that won two games in the year prior. That would be a prelude to a state championship season

If that wasn't enough adversity for a teenager, he was stunned on a personal level. He endured the tragic loss of a childhood friend in a one-car accident.

It traces back to his dear friend Dominic Allmond. That's what the "LLD" that still rests at the top of his Twitter page stands for.

Everyone knew him as Dom.

"Our first game was actually on a Thursday," he said. "I actually went to the Fletcher (High School) game that night and he ended up getting into a car accident and then passed away. But I didn't know that until the next morning when my Dad told me. I was completely devasted."

"So after all of those things that had already happened, I was like can anything else go wrong' in life right now," he said. "I was like Can anything go right?' with life right now."

They had known one another since they were six years old. Grew up playing basketball together. They won an AAU national championship together when they were in the seventh grade. Both of them had 20-plus points in that contest.

"He was just an amazing kid," Beck said last May. "He was always there for you whenever you needed him whether you were up or down or he was up or down. He was that way with everybody. If you go to his Instagram and you go to his last post it probably has 10,000 comments on it. That is insane."

"I want to say whether it happened or not I feel like I wanted to dedicate my [junior] season for that and there wasn't a day that went by that I didn't really think about him."

He wrote his initials on his left cleat that season.

"Whenever we play home games, when we run out, I always like kneel in the same spot and same the same single prayer every single time or something similar," Beck said. "I don't know. I just think about him. I know that's he's there and he's watching down and I feel him. For sure."

Beck expects to continue that tradition throughout his playing career.

Carson Beck: How he handled that adversity

What did the Mandarin staff see out of Beck during a time when life was hitting him from all sides? Was he a shell? Truth be told, the staff really didn't even know the full sense of everything he was going through.

"Very level," Mandarin head coach Bobby Ramsay said. "The same kid every day. He didn't waver as far as how he handled his emotions. He doesn't really show his frustrations. I think he internalizes it all. Not in a bad way. He understands how to stay even-keeled which is incredibly difficult but important to be able to do that. Especially when you play the position of quarterback and play it at the level he plays it at with the attention he gets and where he is going in his career."

Beck pulled off a game-winning drive early in his junior season that meant the difference between a 1-3 and a 2-2 start. A loss might have cost the Mustangs a playoff berth.

The stakes were this: Down 21-17. District opener. 1:46 to go. On the road.

"That drive he took us down the field," Ramsay said. "He took some shots. It was like what you would see on Saturday or Sunday as far as he commanded the offense. That drive always sticks out when I think about him."

Beck, a former Alabama commit, will watch as much film as any coach. A lot of players do, but the bet here is they don't enjoy it the way that he does. That's a Fromm quality there that goes back to his sophomore and junior years of high school.

Beck's father, Chris, started for three years at linebacker for Navy. That's even though he weighed maybe 205 pounds soaking wet. There's a worker mentality there inherent to his father's service commitment.

That is usually one of the first things people bring up when describing him.

"The intangible stuff, the off-the-field stuff and the amount of time he puts in," Ramsay said about that. "Becoming a better football player is like fun for him. The workouts, the throws, the studying is entertainment for him. It is definitely something that is a labor of love. He's passionate about it and 100 percent committed to being a total quarterback."

"Is he guy that you want to shoulder a program? He's that guy."

Ramsay will compare Beck to another high-level player he coached in high school. That's Heisman Trophy winner and NFL Pro Bowler Derrick Henry. Henry was a running back. He had a gradual climb to varsity stardom.

Beck's came basically in a blink during his junior season. He went on to win the state's "Mr. Football" honor in his junior year. That's a rare honor for a non-senior. His final junior year stat line will read that he completed 59 percent of 356 attempts for 3,546 yards, 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

"I keep referencing Derrick with the process here and the ability here," Ramsay said. "It is fun for them. The process of getting better is fun for them. They play the game with a seriousness about what they are doing. Maybe 80 or 90 percent of guys who play don't play the game. They have to work at the game in order to be successful. They put in a lot of work but they are able to have fun playing the game because they have an inner belief and a calmness to them that they know I'm going to get it done' and it allows them to just have fun and play the game."

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A familiar patch of adversity for Carson Beck

Beck finished his junior season with a 25-of-36 passing line for 329 yards, five touchdowns with zero interceptions in the Class 8A state championship game. The 475 yards he put up against Riverview in just the first half of a state semifinal pairing certainly considering he sat out the rest of that game.

But then "Mr. Football" had an eye-opening start to his senior year. He struggled.

The reason? Beck was basically the only returning full-time starter on the Mandarin offense as a senior. He was one of only two players on that unit with a college scholarship offer.

The Georgia commit went from the guy who threw 17 touchdown passes to one interception (tipped pass) in the state playoffs to a pedestrian stat line through his first seven games.

  • 75completions across 165attempts (45% completion percentage)
  • 9TDs/ 8INTs (TD: INT ratio of 1.1/1)
  • 1,044 yards (149 yards per game)

There was only one returning senior receiver in his two-deep. That was not a starter. It got to the point where Beck took personal responsibility in turning that offense around. He set up extra workouts. Vowing not to let one specific Friday night setback ever happen again.

That's the sort of thing leaders do.

"The best thing that happened for Carson was this past year," Thompson said. "In high school, having to really lead and guide a team of guys who had not even really played high school football. It was a whole new team from the year before. I think that is going to come in really handy because it really made him get uncomfortable and then develop some real leadership skills. Now he is the new guy in town in Athens, it is going to allow him to get uncomfortable in a different way. He knows he has all the traits physically that you need. Now it is just a matter of fitting in and getting that Alpha Dog' mentality that he's got and just driving home the fact that we're here to win championships."

Beck finished the year with a flurry. He put up 11 touchdowns and just one interception across his last four games.

"That made him 10 times a better quarterback than he was at this time a year ago," Thompson said.

Thompson feels Beck can give Georgia that type of year Fromm gave the program as a freshman in 2017. It might just look different.

"Carson has such a good arm he's going to take some shots," Thompson said. "That may be some that other guys don't take. I do think there might be some mistakes but there are also going to be some highlight throws, too. Throws that will remind you of some of the greats that have come through Georgia. Kind of the same end result that Fromm had as a freshman, but it is just going to get there a little different."

There could be some ups and downs. The ball will get out quick, but there will be some jaw-dropping throws mixed in, too.

"He's going to try to fit the ball into some tight windows because he has the arm to get away with it," Thompson said.

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Carson Beck: The guy underneath the helmet

Did we cover the arm talent yet? What about the sudden quickness that will allow him to buy time and escape pressure in the pocket?

He's developed some serious flexibility and core strength through yoga classes.

The whole field will be available for him, but he is still just a regular high school graduate.He loves Disney movies. "Nemo" is a favorite character.

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Carson Beck: Can he really be the guy early on at Georgia?

"It is just sweet," he said of that movie.

He loved all the "Avengers" movies, too. His favorite character wasn't the leader type with Captain America. He'd rather be Thor. The God of Thunder. The big hammer. The long hair.

He chose the baddest Avenger on the battlefield. But when it comes to his playing field, go ahead and call him a football "nerd" or a football "addict" here.

He'll answer to either one.

"Absolutely," Beck told DawgNation last year. "I live and breathe football. Maybe it is school during an elective or something I am drawing up football plays. .. I absolutely love thinking about situations on the field where I can imagine running the play and seeing all the coverages they can run."

He relished the role he took on as an early commit.

"I have the opportunity to go recruit other players that I want to play with that will help Georgia to go win the national championship," he said last summer.

That's exactly what he did. He will be gifted his whole career at Georgia with better all-around receivers than Fromm ever had in any one single season.

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  • It's hard to imagine the awkward silence on the Georgia basketball plane ride back from Missouri late Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday. The Bulldogs blew a 20-point lead to drop their fourth-straight game in deflating fashion, 72-69. There are growing pains, and then there's this, a team that lacks an identity with players who appear to either refuse or be unable to accept roles. Missing point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle) was no doubt a factor in the loss. But this was a game Georgia had won, up 59-39 with 13:33 left. The Tigers (10-10, 2-5 SEC) were just as desperate for the win as the Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6), as they snapped a four-game losing streak with the win. RELATED: Meltdown in Missouri, how Georgia lost to the Tigers Crean tried to take the approach on the postgame radio show on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network that it was another lesson learned. 'We've got to learn that when we play hard and we play together like that, we can do a lot of really good things,' Crean said, focusing on how Georgia played through contact early and controlled the glass in the first half. 'But momentum was up for grabs, and no one ever went and grabbed it back, and that's the level of toughness that you have to have to be able to make strides and to be able to win on the road.' The Bulldogs have been outscored in the second half of each of their seven road games in the SEC. Here are three things from the Bulldogs' heartbreaking loss at Missouri Anthony Edwards' effort The freshman played all 40 minutes and left it all out on the court, leading the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Edwards' missed a potential game-tying 3-point shot at the buzzer, and he had his shot blocked at the rim the previous trip down the floor. But anyone who watched the game could see Edwards' effort providing the lifeblood for the team on a night point guard Sahvir Wheeler was sidelined by an ankle injury. Edwards' downfall was his 3-point shooting. He was just 3 of 12 beyond the arc after a 3-of-10 shooting performance from three in the loss to Ole Miss on Saturday. Rayshaun Hammonds stat line Hammonds roller-coaster season continued at Missouri. The 6-foot-9, 235-pound junior played 33 minutes but failed to score and had just two rebounds. 'It's a tough stat line,' Crean said. 'We'll watch the film.' Hammonds attempted just one shot in the game. Hammonds was coming off a 4-point outing in the loss to Ole Miss, 1-of-8 shooting in that game in 30 minutes. Georgia seems at its best when Hammonds is asserting himself inside: offensively, defensively and rebounding. Plus-minus It's always interesting to see how the team does with each player on the floor, and the plus-minus statistic can provide a window. Tye Fagan played only five minutes and made the only shot he took. But the Bulldogs outscored Missouri by 15 when he was in the game. Conversely, Jordan Harris played 23 minutes and scored 8 points on 1-of-4 shooting, and UGA was outscored by 13 with him in the game. The most puzzling plus-minus came from Donnell Gresham Jr.,. Gresham had a minus-12 despite going 2-of-2 shooting from the floor, 5-of-5 from the line while pulling down five rebounds and recording two steals. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post 3 things from Georgia basketball's perplexing 72-69 loss at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia basketball squandered a 20-point lead in the second half at Missouri on Tuesday night, losing its fourth game in a row, 72-69. 'We have witnessed a meltdown,' UGA play-by-play man Scott Howard said, encapsulating the game on the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network. Anthony Edwards recorded his first career double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, playing the full 40 minutes before the crowd of 8,451 Mizzou Arena and an SEC Network television audience. Edwards, however, came up short on the final play of the game when his 3-point shot attempt from the wing went off the front of the rim just before time expired. The Bulldogs (11-9, 1-6 SEC) led 59-39 with 13:33 left when Edwards, who was 9-of-24 shooting including 3 of 12 beyond the arc, hit a 3-pointer. Georgia, playing without injured point guard Sahvir Wheeler (ankle), appeared to be in control of the game against the Tigers (10-10, 2-5) at Mizzoui Arena, on the verge of outscoring an SEC opponent in the second half for the first time this season. Instead, Missouri rallied behind Xavier Pinson moments later. Pinson, who scored all 16 of his points in the second half, sparked the rally in full with a 3-pointer that ignited a 23-4 run. 'I told my team, momentum is always up for grabs,' Crean said on his post-game radio show. 'We did not guard as well in the second half, we didn't guard the dribble as well, and we had some guys that really struggled tonight.' Georgia failed to score a field goal for more than seven minutes during the Tigers' run, missing seven shots during that stretch. Senior Reed Nikko , a 6-foot-10 post, hit a pair of free throws with 2:20 left to put Missouri up 66-65, the Tigers' first lead since a 14-13 lead led than nine minutes into the game. But Nikko's biggest play of the night came with 8.6 seconds left and Missouri clinging to a 71-69 lead, when he blocked an Edwards' shot at the rim. UGA fouled immediately, but Mitchell Smith split a pair of free throws to extend the lead to three, leading to Edwards' final trey attempt of the night. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win despite Edwards recording his first 20-point scoring outing since he went for 26 in an 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15 in Athens. Senior Tyree Crump scored 13 points and Toumani Camara added 12 for the Bulldogs, who out-rebounded Missouri 32-31 and went 17 of 21 from the free-throw line to Missouri's 16-of-21 effort from the charity strip. Georgia junior Rayshaun Hammonds, who entered the game as the team's second-leading scorer, took just one shot missing it and had only two rebounds in his 33 minutes on the floor. The Bulldogs held a 42-30 lead at the half on the strength of 52-percent shooting and a 21-13 rebounding advantage through the first 20 minutes. Edwards scored the first 14 of his points in the first half, 5-of-12 shooting while pulling down five rebounds. Crump had 11 first-half points, coming off the bench midway through the first half to hit a pair of free throws and consecutive 3-pointers that ignited a 22-3 run. Rodney Howard's jumper closed the Bulldogs' pivotal surge by scoring a basket from in the paint, giving UGA its largest lead of the game to that point at 35-17 at the 4:53 mark. Georgia returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday against Texas A&M (10-9, 4-3) at Stegeman Coliseum. The Aggies won at Tennessee, 63-58, on Tuesday night. DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards needs to get back to having fun Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Meltdown' in Missouri, Georgia squanders 20-point lead to lose fourth straight appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia basketball team arrived in the 'Show Me State' on Monday night intent on being prepared to show Missouri a new brand of physicality. Bulldogs' coach Tom Crean said playing that style of basketball, with toughness, will be needed against Coach Cuonzo Martin's Tigers at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Columbia (TV: SEC Network). 'W e've got to deal with [Missouri's] physicality, because they're a very physical, aggressive basketball team,' Crean said on Monday before the team practiced and flew to Missouri. 'We've got to defend their guards and definitely have to be able to continue to run our offense, because of that physicality and the way they help and recover.' Georgia (11-8, 1-5 SEC) will be looking to snap its season-long three-game losing streak against Missouri (9-10, 1-5). The Tigers rank 33rd in the nation and second in the SEC in scoring defense, opponents averaging just 62.3 points per game against them. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are fourth in the SEC in scoring with 76.7 points per game. The improved health of freshman point guard Sahvir Wheeler figures to be key, as he has been battling back from an ankle injury suffered in the 80-63 win over Tennessee on Jan. 15. ' He's got to push the ball better, (and) we have to get out and go,' Crean said. 'We have to get him flying up the court and doing a better job with that. There's no doubt about that and when he does, he's really good. That's what we have to have. 'Push it, throw it ahead, get it back, attack, get his confidence back making layups. Continue if it's not there keeping the ball alive, don't try to force a shot, keep it alive, keep it moving. Hopefully his confidence will come back to him.' Tempo, spacing and ball movement are all near the top of the priority list for the Bulldogs. But on Tuesday night, it starts with toughness. 'At the end of the day we've got to get some loose balls, we've got to get some guys that will put their body on the ground, be quick, react quicker, and that's part of it,' Crean said. 'You want to make this your career and it doesn't stay your career very long if you're not aggressive if you're not tough, you're not physical, if you don't have a mindset for winning. That's what it is.' DawgNation Georgia basketball Anthony Edwards hits 'Freshman Wall' like no other Georgia comes up short in hard-fought loss at Kentucky Anthony Edwards puts the squeeze on Tennessee in blowout win Georgia falls in first SEC road game of season at Auburn Freshman Anthony Edwards discloses injury, status Sahvir Wheeler on clutch game-winner, 'been there a ton of times' Tom Izzo on Georgia: 'That was an incredible comeback' Anthony Edwards lights up Michigan State for 37 in 93-85 loss Rayshaun Hammonds wrecks Georgia Tech Anthony Edwards draws standing ovation in opener The post Georgia basketball Coach Tom Crean plans physical showing at Missouri appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Former Georgia quarterback and SEC Championship Game MVP (2005) D.J. Shockley knows all about offseason competition, drawing from his days playing with David Greene under Mark Richt. Shockley, recently speaking with WSB on the Bulldogs Game Day show, discussed how pivotal it is that incoming grad-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman will be present for spring drills. 'You've got some young guys who have already been there,' Shockley said. 'Stetson Bennett has already been there. D'Wan Mathis is coming off his injury, he has been there, he's been a part of the system. 'So (Newman) is going to need this time to really dive into that playbook and understand all the nuances of it.' The Bulldogs hired new offensive coordinator Todd Monken to replace James Coley earlier this month. Coley left for Texas A&M last Friday, opening up a spot on the staff many expect newly hired analyst Buster Faulkner to fill. RELATED: Football stars endorse new Georgia hire Todd Monken Monken has been active on the recruiting trail since his hire, but with the start of a dead period fast approaching (Feb. 3), Kirby Smart and his staff could have time to crunch some Xs and Os. RELATED: Terry Bowden shares thought on drop-back to dual-threat QB flip Georgia will likely retain some of its base offense, but there are sure to be plenty of twists. Monken, an 'Air Raid' pass scheme expert, will bring part of his playbook and look to maximize UGA'sdual-threat quarterbacks. Mathis, Bennett and incoming freshman Carson Beck all have good mobility. And then there's Newman who rushed for 574 yards and 6 TDs last season, including a 50-yard run. Of Newman's 180 attempts, 128 were designed runs, per PFF advanced metrics. The former Wake Forest quarterback was recently tagged among the top five Heisman Trophy favorites, and PFF ranks him the third-best quarterback returning in the nation behind Justin Fields and Trevor Lawrence. 'Joe Burrow (was) far and away the highest-graded quarterback throwing to a tight window, but Newman is second and third isn't anywhere near him,' PFF penned earlier this month. 'He also limited his uncatchable pass rate to the fourth lowest. 'Newman has some rushing ability and has seen the eighth-most designed rushes for a quarterback (128). While some may say it's his rushing that can be his greatest weapon, it's clearly his arm.' But the key where Georgia is concerned is that Newman is already on campus and working out with his teammates. 'So him being here early,' Shockley said, 'I think, gives him an opportunity to be the guy.' Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley With Jamie Newman already on campus in Athens, @DjShockley3 says spring practice will be huge for him to prove he can be 'the guy'! : Sat at 11am on @wsbtv! #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/5Z7ND86mUG Bulldogs Game Day (@WSBbulldogs) January 27, 2020 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense ESPN details how Georgia might win national title Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change UGA recruiting in South Florida affected by James Coley departure Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post WATCH Former Georgia QB D.J. Shockley: Key to Jamie Newman being The Guy' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The Georgia football opening game with Virginia is more than seven months away, but talking season is well underway and Heisman talk has begun. Incoming graduate-transfer quarterback Jamie Newman ranks among the Top 5 among Heisman favorites before throwing his first pass in a formal practice, currently at 14-to-1. Newman is ranked the No. 3 returning quarterback by Pro Football Focus, behind Ohio State's Justin Fields and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence. RELATED: Mark Richt says Jamie Newman can adapt to any kind of offense Fields, who spent his 2018 freshman season at UGA backing up departed starter Jake Fromm, is the co-favorite with Lawrence to win the Heisman, both at 4-to-1. Sophomore tailback Zamir White and sophomore George Pickens are also among the current favorites. White is at 80-to-1, and Pickens is at 100-to-1. The bettable opening Heisman odds are evidence there's plenty of outside buy-in on Kirby Smart's well-documented offensive makeover at Georgia. The Bulldogs hired 'Air Raid' pass game expert Todd Monken to take over as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator, replacing James Coley who has since departed for Texas A&M. Monken was the offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns last season, but the year, before, he was the OC and play caller for a Tampa Bay Bucs offense that led the NFL in passing yardage. Newman, who transferred to Georgia from Wake Forest, is a dual-threat quarterback with dynamic arm strength and running ability. Smart's past three UGA offenses have leaned more toward a power run game, the head coach intent on utilizing dynamic backfields that included NFL stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and projected first-round pick D'Andre Swift the past two seasons. Georgia, however, appears to be intent on a more aggressive pass scheme now that the receiving corps is loaded up with talent at receiver and tight end. RELATED: Georgia top-ranked SEC team in PFF Way-too-early' Top 25 Smart has always professed coaching to the talent, and the hiring of Monken is an indication the Georgia head coach is betting more offensive balance is in order. The Bulldogs return a championship-caliber defense, with nine of 11 starters back on that side of the football from the 26-14 Sugar Bowl-winning team. Georgia's offense can afford to be more aggressive in marquee matchups with that sort of defense behind it. Most notably, in the Sept. 19 showdown with Alabama in Tuscaloosa that the college football world has circled. Favorite Player/School Odds T-1. Justin Fields/ Ohio St. 4-1 T-1. Trevor Lawrence/Clemson 4-1 3. Spencer Rattler/Oklahoma 12-1 T-4. Sam Ehlinger/Texas 14.1 T-4. Jamie Newman/Georgia 14-1 T-6. Travis Etienne/Clemson 20-1 T-6. Chuba Hubbard/Okla. St. 20-1 T-6 Ian Book/Notre Dame 20-1 T-9. Kedon Slovis/USC 25-1 T-9. Myles Brennan/LSU 25-1 11. Mac Jones/Alabama 25-1 12. Bo Nix/Auburn 25-1 13. D'Eriq King/Miami, Fla. 25-1 14. Adrian Martinez/Nebraska 30-1 T-15. Sean Clifford/Penn State 40-1 T-15. Najee Harris/Alabama 40-1 17. Kellen Mond/Texas A&M 50-1 T-18. Tyler Shough/Oregon 60-1 T-18. Brock Purdy/Iowa State 60-1 T-18. CJ Verdell/Oregon 60-1 T-18. Kyle Trask/Florida 60-1 T-18. Charlie Brewer/Baylor 60-1 T-18. Sam Howell/North Carolina 60-1 24. Master Teaguelll/Ohio Sate 60-1 25. Zamir White/Georgia 80-1 DawgNation Georgia football Malik Herring spearheads dominant defense Podcast: How Todd Monken might use Zamir White Georgia offseason has produced fascinating offensive change Football stars endorse Todd Monken hire at Georgia WATCH: 2021 commit Brock Vandagriff shares story with DawgNation Why Buster Faukner a perfect complement to Todd Monken The post Georgia football QB Jamie Newman ranked among Top 5 Heisman Trophy favorites appeared first on DawgNation.