It’s safe to say that there is no player whose debut is more anticipated on the 2019 Georgia football team than that of Zamir White. The redshirt freshman running back was the No. 1 running back prospect in the 2018 class, but he’s yet to play due to two separate ACL injuries.
White sustained his second ACL tear last August, meaning it’s been nearly a year since the second injury. White was able to go through drills with the Georgia team this spring, but he has still not been officially cleared for contact.
Kirby Smart will very likely be asked about White and his recovery at next week’s SEC Media Days. Earlier this spring, Smart stated that White is carefully working his way back into the fold.
“He’s right where he needs to be on course of the schedule for a knee injury,” Georgia coach Kirby Smart said. “He does individual (drills), he goes out and does blitz pickup and walkthroughs, he catches balls.
“But he doesn’t do competitive contact.”
But prior to Smart’s next media appearance, White gave an update of his own. On his Instagram story, White posted a video of himself working out in a sandpit with fellow Georgia running back James Cook.
And even though it’s a 10-second video, it’s easy to see why so many are excited to see what White can possibly do in Sanford Stadium this fall.
This isn’t the first time this offseason White has let people know how he’s doing physically. He released a similar workout video shortly after Georgia wrapped up spring practice.
White has a role to possibly step into in 2019, as Georgia must replace Elijah Holyfield and his 1,018 rushing yards from a season ago. White will be competing with Cook, along with senior Brian Herrien for some of those carries.
Junior running back D’Andre Swift also will play a significant role for the Georgia backfield in 2019. A season ago, Swift ran for 1,049 yards.
Following Georgia’s spring game, which White did not participate in, Swift shared a similar sentiment that many fans have.
“Everybody’s just so happy for him just to get to this point,” Swift said. “He works and rehabs so hard, we just want to see him play football again. We just want to see him back and play football again.”
Georgia opens the 2019 season against the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Bulldogs are not expected to be challenged to start the 2019 season, as the Bulldogs follow-up Vanderbilt with games against Murray State and Arkansas State. That should allow Georgia to ease White into the season, before possibly taking the training wheels off White for the Notre Dame game on Sept. 21.
White doesn’t need to be a superstar for Georgia in 2019. But given the concern at the wide receiver position, the Bulldogs are going to need a lot of production from the ground game. And if White can return to the player he was before his knee injuries, Georgia could have one of the best ground games in the country in 2019.
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