Georgia quarterback Jamie Newman announced on social media that he is opting out of the upcoming college football season due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
Newman, a graduate transfer who played four years with Wake Forest before joining the Bulldogs, said in a Wednesday post that he will sit out the season and prepare for 2021 NFL Draft.
The 22-year-old North Carolina native will move on without having taken a snap for Georgia, but thanked coach Kirby Smart and the football program for his brief time.
"I would like to thank Coach Smart for extending the opportunity for me to be a part of the University of Georgia football program. Although my time has been short I've built some great relationships and I've had a chance to continue my development."
Newman was granted a graduate transfer waiver and was therefore eligible to play right away for Georgia. He was expected to start at the outset of the season with fellow transfer JT Daniels reportedly still not cleared for contact after suffering a torn ACL with Southern Cal last year.
With Newman out and Daniels nearing a return but still not ready, Stetson Bennett and D'Wan Mathis were expected to compete for playing time.
Newman's arrival as an experienced quarterback coming off a strong senior season further stoked national title hopes in Athens. The Bulldogs entered the season at No. 4 in the AP Top 25.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound right-hander threw for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and a 61 percent completion percentage in 2019. He also notched 574 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.