Saturday was not a good day if you’re a Georgia Bulldogs fan. In practice, 5-star running back Zamir White, who had previously torn his ACL, went down with a non-contact injury.
Head coach Kirby Smart later confirmed that White had indeed torn his ACL, his second in less than a calendar year.
The news quickly reverberated throughout the college football community. White was the No. 1 overall running back in 2018 recruiting cycle and widely expected to be a contributor for Georgia in this upcoming season.
Here are just some of the reactions to the White news.
Damn, this is rough https://t.co/oTwnO7bDRP
— The Solid Verbal (@SolidVerbal) August 18, 2018
Hearing Zamir White may be out the whole season makes me want to walk into on coming traffic #GetHealthyStayHealthy
— Hamp Goble (@TheHampGoble) August 18, 2018
— William (@WilliHndrxx) August 18, 2018
Feel terrible for Zamir White
— Clint Thomason (@ClintThomason) August 18, 2018
Ouch. Georgia's five-star freshman RB. https://t.co/sAWbJkRbl3
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 18, 2018
Zamir White tearing his ACL sucks. Sucks even more when you find out he turn it on special teams… SPECIAL TEAMS. I love Kirby Smart but you’ve got to question the decision of putting a player who’s already recovering from an ACL injury as gunner on special teams.
— . (@UGAFootballLife) August 18, 2018
The news on Zamir White is sad, and I know he’ll have successful recovery. In the meanwhile, who does GA cross-train at RB as another able tailback?
— Noah Portnoy (@NPortnoy12) August 18, 2018
Awful news hearing about Zamir White. Hoping he comes back strong next year
— Michael Fahmy (@mikejf0796) August 18, 2018
With White likely done for the season, a bigger load will fall on D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield and the rest of Gerogia’s running backs. White was the No. 9 overall player in the 2018 class and was likely going to play a pivotal role in replacing both Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. Swift is the team’s leading returning rusher, as he ran for 618 yards last season on just 81 carries.
In addition to White, Georgia did bring in 4-star running back James Cook in the 2018 class, who is already impressing in practice. Cook is the younger brother of former Florida State, Dalvin Cook.
The injury was to White’s left knee, which is not the same knee he injured at the end of his senior season in high school. White had been cleared to practice. Smart confirmed that the injury happened while White was practicing on special teams. The Georgia coach was not to happy when he was questioned by the media about why White would be playing special teams, and cited past example such as Sony Michel and Derrick Henry playing special teams.
Georgia begins its 2018 season in two weeks, as the Bulldogs take on Austin Peay at home. That game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. Georgia’s second game of the season is against South Carolina, and that game will be played in Columbia, S.C.