Cook was arrested on one count of driving with an open container of alcoholic beverage in the passenger area and one count of having an invalid driver’s license. Bond for each misdemeanor was $1,000. He was booked at 1:46 a.m. on Saturday and released at 2:57 a.m.
Through the first 13 games of the season, Cook has 176 rushing yards on 28 carries and 132 receiving yards on 16 catches. Cook split time with the likes of D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and Zamir White at the position. With Herrien graduating and Swift likely to move on to the NFL, Cook could be in line to see a significant increase in usage during the 2020 season.
Georgia’s next game is in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor on Jan. 1. Cook did not play in last year’s Sugar Bowl as he missed the game due to an injury that required ankle surgery.
Cook had his most promising game of the season against Georgia Tech, as he had four carries for 30 yards while also catching two passes for 34 yards. After the game, Georgia coach Kirby Smart raved about Cook.
“James Cook is a warrior He works his butt off. Doesn’t cry, doesn’t whine, doesn’t talk about not getting the ball,” Smart said. “He just plays on special teams and when you get him the ball he usually does good things with it. We’ve got to keep trying to find ways to use James.”
This past offseason the Bulldogs had six players arrested in a six-week span. Then in June, wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman was dismissed from the team after he told UGAPD that he had hit a woman.
“I’m obviously extremely disappointed, I’ve obviously done a poor job with this group of connecting and making sure they listen and understand things,” Smart said back in April.
“We have polices and rules in place, these guys violated those policies and rules and they will serve the punishment that they deserve for it, and I hate the decision they made,” Smart said. “They have to learn as young men that you can’t break the rules, you can’t break the law.
Georgia defensive lineman Bill Norton was arrested in August on DUI-related charges. He did not travel with the team to the Vanderbilt game but did play against Murray State in Georgia’s second game of the season.
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