Georgia freshman running back James Cook will be suspended for the first half against South Carolina in Week 2 after being ejected for targeting in the fourth quarter of the season opener against Austin Peay.
Officials called Cook for targeting on a helmet-to-helmet hit on punt coverage in the final minutes of the game. Because the penalty came in the second half, he must automatically sit out the first half of the team’s next game. The freshman tailback had carried the ball six times for 66 yards before the ejection.
Cook, the younger brother of former Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, was a 4-star recruit and the No. 41 overall prospect nationally in the 2018 class in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The Bulldogs will go on the road to play the Gamecocks at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 8 on CBS.