ATHENS — Georgia fans looking for clues as to how the offense might look need only identify the most explosive and talented skill position players on the roster.
The ball will be in their hands most often.
Junior tailback James Cook has the look of a player tabbed for plenty of action when college football resumes this fall.
The UGA downfield pass game starts with sophomore George Pickens, the leading returning receiver.
The Bulldogs’ No. 1 caught 49 passes for 727 yards despite being suspended for three quarters of the Georgia Tech game and half the LSU game.
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The No. 2 target could end up being No. 4 — James Cook — arguably the most underutilized talent on the team last season.
Cook, a former 5-star recruit whose open-fielded running has wowed teammates in scrimmages, has by all indications had one of the best offseasons among the Georgia players.
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“James has probably lost out on three or four touches a game where the look dictated that it just didn’t hit right,” Smart said last season.
“So it’s not by design in any way shape or form, and we want to try to get him more touches, but ultimately there’s only one ball, and there’s only X number of plays, so we have to make sure we’re being efficient with our touches.”
There will be plenty of touches in and out of the backfield available with the departure of D’Andre Swift and Brian Herrien to the NFL.
Consider, Swift had 220 touches (196 carries, 24 catches) while Herrien had 119 (103 carries, 16 catches) last season.
Cook, meanwhile, had 47 touches, while Zamir White had 80 and Kenny McIntosh 26.
New offensive coordinator Todd Monken may utilize Cook like he did tailback Jacquizz Rodgers with Tampa Bay in 2018, when Rodgers caught 38 passes (on 45 targets) for 204 yards.