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Georgia is going to need Zamir White to be win it all next season
We wrote on Monday about what to expect from the Georgia passing attack and Dominick Blaylock for 2019. Today we’re going to look at what another somewhat-forgotten 5-star prospect is going to bring to Georgia in 2019.
For those who don’t remember, Zamir White was the No. 1 running back in the 2018 class. Many called him a generational-type talent at the position. He was a higher rated prospect than the likes of Sony Michel, Nick Chubb and Todd Gurley.
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But at the end of his senior season, White tore his ACL in his right knee. He was an early enrollee, and began rehabbing the injury in hopes of being ready for the start of Georgia’s season. And by all accounts he was. He was participating in preseason camp and working on the punt team. That’s when things took a turn for the worse.
White then tore his ACL in his left knee. After spending months rehabbing his right knee, he was going to have to do the same with in his other knee. And now, he had no prospect of playing in his freshman season.
Georgia had more than enough depth to cover up for the loss of White, as junior Elijah Holyfield rushed for over 1,000 yards. But the Bulldogs won’t have Holyfield next year, as he declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday.
Georgia also didn’t land a monster running back prospect in the 2019 class, as 5-star Trey Sanders, the No. 1 running back in the country signed with Alabama and the No. 2 running back in the 2019 class John Emery Jr., a one-time Georgia commit, signed with LSU.
But with fans now wondering how dominant the Georgia running game would be in 2019, White had a simple message. It was just an hour-glass emoji that he posted on his Twitter account, but he was letting people know his time is coming.
Significant knee injuries are different for everybody. Sometimes, as we Georgia fans saw first hand with Nick Chubb when he tore everything but his ACL, it takes a while to return for a running back to return to form. But we’ve also seen, like with Adrian Peterson in 2012 when he ran for 2,000 yards with the Minnesota Vikings after tearing his ACL the season before, that guys can recover quickly. Georgia fans should hope White falls into the latter category.
And if you’d like a reminder of White looked like before his injuries, click here and just enjoy him making all sorts of plays. They don’t just out give the nickname “Zeus,” but in high school, White more than fit the bill.
The Bulldogs won’t need White to win the Heisman Trophy next year, considering they’re still bringing back D’Andre Swift, Brian Herrien and James Cook. Georgia also signed 4-star running back Kenny McIntosh, who figures to fit into that bruiser role that Holyfield will vacate.
But if Georgia wants to win the national title, White is going to need to live up to the hype. And I think there’s a really good chance that “Zeus” lives up to his nickname.
2019 National Championship Futures Odds
And speaking of the 2019 national title, the Westgate released national championship odds for next season. Clemson is the favorite after destroying Alabama 44-16 in the national champion
The Bulldogs are tied for the third-best odds at 12-1. Ohio State, which added now-former Georgia quarterback Justin Fields to its roster, also has 12-1 odds, and is just ahead of Michigan at 14-1 odds. Oklahoma is the only other team that has odds better than 20-1, as the Sooners come in with 15-1 odds.
As far as Georgia’s 2019 opponents, both Florida and Notre Dame have 25-1 odds. The Bulldogs take on Notre Dame in Athens on Sept. 21 and then play Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., on Nov. 2. Auburn comes in at 50-1 odds to win the national title and Texas A&M is at 80-1. Those are the only Georgia opponents with odds better than 100-1.
Related: Georgia football 2019 schedule
Below, you can see a full list of teams with odds better than 50-1.
Ohio State 12-1
Notre Dame 25-1
Mississippi State 50-1
Come out to the Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody on Tuesday
It’s a critical time of year for Georgia recruiting, as the Bulldogs try and close the gap between them and the Alabama’s and Clemson’s of the world. And we know you have questions about what is next for Georgia football. And DawgNation has you covered.
On Tuesday night, join Brandon Adams, Jeff Sentell and a special guest for the DawgNation Countdown to Signing Day at Marlow’s Tavern in Dunwoody, GA (1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy No. 102, Dunwoody, GA 30338).
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. with a live broadcast starting at 7 p.m. But you’ll want to make sure you get there are at 6 p.m. for our live Q&A. These always produce some interesting answers along with some things that won’t make it on the air.
Sentell knows all the ins and outs of Georgia’s 2019 signing class and what lies ahead in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day. Which 5-star recruits can Georgia land? Who is the next player to commit? Can Georgia put together an even better 2020 recruiting class? These are all questions you can ask and get answered by DawgNation.
So if you’re looking for something to do on Tuesday night, why not come out to Marlow’s Tavern and hang out with the DawgNation team? Wear your Georgia gear and receive a free appetizer with a dinner purchase.
Below are the full details of the event. We hope to see you there and go Dawgs!
When: Tuesday, Jan. 8
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