With less than two weeks before Wake Forest’s opener against Utah State, Dave Clawson named his team’s starting quarterback. The Demon Deacons will go with redshirt junior Jamie Newman.
Newman started four games for Wake Forest during the 2018 season; the Deacs went 3-1 in those games. That record includes Wake Forest’s comeback victory at then-No. 14 NC State.
BREAKING: Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson has announced Jamie Newman as the starting quarterback when the Deacs open the season Aug. 30 against Utah State.
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) August 18, 2019
During his redshirt sophomore season, Newman went 84-of-141 (59.6 percent) through the air for 1,083 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Newman averaged 7.7 yards per pass attempt. He also ran the ball, officially, 64 times for 247 yards and four touchdowns, too.
The 6-foot-4 Newman will have the opportunity to put up some big numbers — even with Greg Dortch now in the NFL. Under Clawson and coordinator Warren Ruggiero, Wake Forest plays fast; quarterbacks in the system have plenty of run/pass opportunities.
Hartman, who started the first nine games of the 2018 season, threw for 1,984 yards and 16 touchdowns as a freshman.
Wake Forest enters the 2019 season with three straight winning seasons and three straight bowl victories, a first in program history.