When Jamie Newman transferred to Georgia, the Heisman hype was almost immediate. He was going to be the “Chosen One” that got Georgia back to not only the top of the SEC East but the SEC and all of college football. Highly touted grad transfer quarterbacks have been doing that kind of thing the last few years. Newman was following in the footsteps of Joe Burrow, Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields (ha), Baker Mayfield, etc. Just ask David Pollack.
But good times never last. Especially in college football. Especially if you’re a Georgia fan. And especially in 2020.
Source: UGA QB Jamie Newman is opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19. He’s expected to begin training for the 2021 NFL draft. Newman transferred to UGA from Wake Forest following the 2019 season.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 2, 2020
And just like that, the hype train came to a screeching halt.
R.I.P. to the “Jamie Newman Hype”
(Spring 2020-Fall 2020)pic.twitter.com/VMI2oD2lRR
— KD ➐ (@notkdk3) September 2, 2020
As you can imagine, some Georgia fans didn’t take this news too well.
I’m sure you enjoyed getting coached by the best to only abandon your teammates 3 weeks before kick off. Fuck you Jamie Newman. https://t.co/bK1ndsqRJO
— The Hedges (@thehedges4) September 2, 2020
Others? Others laughed about it. And from a fan that has been built up and brutally torn down so many times before, laughing really is the best way to handle these things.
THANK YOU JAMIE NEWMAN 🐐 pic.twitter.com/LL6D4WkPzt
— Skinny (@skinnydawg10) September 2, 2020
I’ve gathered all the highlights we have to celebrate the Jamie Newman era at Georgia.
🍿Enjoy this montage. pic.twitter.com/1fxSk2y9h3
— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) September 2, 2020
Oh yeah, and remember David Pollack? The guy from College Gameday that’s DEFINITELY never been biased towards his alma mater?
David Pollack suggests Jamie Newman could be a Round 1 pick in 2021 NFL Draft https://t.co/Oy6YvSYAUF
— SEC Football News (@SECfootball) April 25, 2020
— 247Sports (@247Sports) May 21, 2020
Now he isn’t sure Georgia will win the national championship this year…you read that right. Now he’s back to the teams that have won four of the last five. Very bold of you, David!
With Jamie Newman as Georgia’s QB I was going to pick them to win the Natty. Now? Back to Bama/Clemson
— David Pollack (@davidpollack47) September 2, 2020
The best part? Newman’s book ended his time at Georgia with the exact same hashtag.
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) January 11, 2020
— Jamie Newman (@jlmn12_) September 2, 2020
And buddy, the responses to those two tweets are, uh, let’s just say different. Night and day, so to speak.
Good luck to Newman, though. And for what it’s worth, I’m sure most people outside Athens respect his decision. I can see how he wouldn’t want to be surrounded by adults barking like dogs for another few months.
On a personal note, while I was researching for this post, I learned about the term DGD. I’m assuming it means “Damn Good Dog” and that it’s an unironic version of VFL? Anyway, Georgia fans all over Twitter have been trying to figure out whether Newman is a DGD or not. It’s high comedy.
A) Yes. His chance to shine was ruined by COVID.
B) No. He never actually played a live down for UGA.
C) I’m still skeptical on why he left. If it was just Rona or something more.
— Mark Owens (@marko6262) September 2, 2020
To those who are referring to Jamie Newman as a #DGD, y’all need to re-evaluate what that term actually means.
— Georgia Fan Zone (@ugafanzone) September 3, 2020
All this is to say, Tennessee fans can relate to bad football luck. Obviously. If this same situation had happened at Tennessee, we would all be pissed, too. But we don’t have that problem up this way. No sir! We know exactly who our quarterback is to lead us back to the promised land…right? RIGHT?!?!?!