Outstanding quarterback battle
By far, the most intriguing Georgia football storyline heading into the postponed (and possibly canceled) spring practice season is the quarterback battle. Jamie Newman, Carson Beck and D’Wan Mathis were bound to dazzle and excite fans in the G-Day Game.
The front-runner is Jamie Newman who transfers in from Wake Forest where he led a really good offense in 2019. Newman is a mobile quarterback with the patience, accuracy and arm strength needed to pick apart defenses from the pocket.
Early enrollee Carson Beck is a tall pocket passer with impressive throwing mechanics for a high schooler. He adds good power and accuracy to those mechanics with a bit of mobility to fill out his game.
D’Wan Mathis is a question mark because of the brain surgery he underwent in May 2019 which kept him from practicing until November. Mathis looked really good in the G-Day Game last year. His mechanics need some work, but he’s been around the team much longer and already has chemistry.
The coaches would have probably gone a different route with quarterbacks this year. Instead of having Newman lead one offense and Beck or Mathis lead the other, all three would have worked with both units. Playing the quarterbacks like this would have given all receivers reps with each quarterback in front of a large audience. The quarterback duel would have become its own spectacle in the G-Day Game.