Georgia can be with out its leading tackler and each of its leading rushers when it tries to defend its nationwide championship in 2022.
Junior Zamir White, the group’s leading rusher this previous season, introduced Friday that he is coming into the NFL draft. Senior James Cook introduced earlier this week that he’s leaving with one season of eligibility remaining.
Meanwhile, Lewis Cine, who’s the No. 4 security accessible for the draft, based on Mel Kiper Jr., additionally introduced on Friday he’s coming into the NFL draft.
White, who overcame two knee accidents and myriad health problems as a child, ran for 856 yards with 11 touchdowns this previous season. White, from Laurinburg, North Carolina, ranks fifteenth at school historical past with 2,043 dashing yards and led the Bulldogs in dashing in every of the previous two seasons.
White ran for 84 yards with one rating in Georgia’s 33-18 victory towards Alabama in Monday night time’s College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T, which ended the Bulldogs’ 41-year drought with out a nationwide title.
“This season was an absolute thrill from begin to end and bringing a nationwide championship to Athens was the last word reward,” White wrote on his Instagram account. “I’m so proud and really feel so blessed to be part of this group. … These are recollections I’ll always remember and will certainly final a lifetime.”
Cook, the youthful brother of Minnesota Vikings working again Dalvin Cook, was one in all Georgia’s most versatile playmakers this previous season. He ran for 728 yards with seven touchdowns and had 27 catches for 284 yards with 4 scores. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Cook because the No. 9 working again accessible for the draft.
Georgia will deliver again three working backs in 2022 who ran for a minimum of 200 yards: Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards. Milton, the No. 12 working again within the 2020 ESPN 300, missed a lot of this season with a knee harm. In December, the Bulldogs signed tailback Branson Robinson, from Madison, Mississippi, who’s ranked the No. 2 working again within the ESPN 300.
Cine, a junior from Cedar Hill, Texas, had 73 tackles and a team-high 9 move breakups this season. He was named defensive MVP of the CFP championship sport towards Alabama with seven tackles and one move breakup.
“I’ll eternally cherish the friendship and brotherhood I constructed with my teammates, by way of the highs and the lows,” Cine wrote on Twitter. “We completed one thing particular, and it is going to by no means be taken from us. Our bloodline is UGA and we’re Dawgs eternally.”
The Bulldogs will deliver again beginning security Christopher Smith who introduced he’s returning subsequent yr.
— Chris Smith ll (@cpsmithdb) January 14, 2022