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Zamir White tore his ACL in practice on Saturday.

Zamir White’s injury stinks, but it shouldn’t sink Georgia’s season

Connor Riley

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There is no Georgia running back curse

My personal favorite scene in the movie Friday Night Lights is when Mike Winchell asks coach Gary Gaines if he believes in curses. Gaines, played by Billy Bob Thornton, gives a perfect answer that applies to both sports and life in general.

“Our only curses are the ones that are self-imposed,” he says to his starting quarterback.

By now you should know the news that star freshman Zamir White tore his ACL over the weekend, likely ending his freshman season before it began. Kirby Smart was pretty upset about the situation, which would explain his actions in Saturday’s press conference. 

White may have been a freshman but he had huge expectations. Part of that is due to his recruiting ranking, he was the consensus No. 1 running back in the 2018 recruiting class. It’s also due to the fact Georgia lost the No. 2 and No. 3 all-time leading rushers in school history in Nick Chubb and Sony Michel and White was going to help replace some of that production.

Georgia having bad luck with star running backs is nothing new. In 2014, Todd Gurley was suspended for 4 games and then in his first game back he tore his ACL. He went on to recover and was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year this past season. In 2015 Chubb suffered a gruesome knee injury against Tennessee. It took him over a season to regain his old former but he did and became a vital piece on Georgia’s 2017 team.

When Gurley and Chubb both missed time, it effectively torpedoed Georgia’s season. In 2014, Georgia’s run of luck ran out against Florida and what was once a season where an SEC Championship didn’t seem ridiculous, was done. As for 2015, when Chubb went down, so did the offense and it never recovered. Georgia’s season was once again lost and ultimately that cost Mark Richt his job.

With all that said though, Georgia is in a much better spot to handle the White injury than it was for both Gurley and Chubb.

It’s worth pointing out, and DawgNation’s Mike Griffith does a good job of doing this, that it wasn’t a guarantee that White was going to see a lot of carries, given that Georgia is still pretty loaded at running back.

“White did not appear as explosive, quick or powerful as in his high school film footage. Further, in talking to Georgia defensive players, White was not the first, second, third or sometimes fourth back mentioned when asked who had impressed. Georgia’s backfield is deep and talented, and D’Andre Swift, Elijah Holyfield, Brian Herrien and James Cook all looked better.”

In addition to it’s four running backs, Georgia also brings back four starters from offensive line that was really good at the end of last season and might actually be better. Add in Demetris Robertson and most of last year’s receivers and you’ve got another strong position group. And that’s before mentioning that Georgia still has Justin Fields, the No. 2 recruit in the 2018 class, and Jake Fromm, who should only be better.

The White news is obviously a bummer. To some, it might seem like Georgia is cursed with having awesome running backs who unfortunately get taken off the field due to injury. And that in turn has ruined some promising seasons. But that won’t be the case this season. The Bulldogs have done too good a job of building out the rest of the team to be undone by one player, even if he’s as good as White.

Nick Chubb and Sony Michel forever

Maybe you missed this from Friday night, or you decided there were much better things to do with your time than watch a preseason football game. But the afore mentioned Chubb finally found the endzone for the Browns. But that isn’t why we’re talking about him.

It’s because of his touchdown celebration. Make sure to watch it in the clip below. It should look familiar to Georgia fans, given that it is the same one that Sony Michel does when he scores.

This is cool for a number of reasons. While most can’t relate to being an NFL player, just about everyone can relate to having friends go off to different parts of the country for work. But whether you have friends going to grad school in New York or trying to make in Hollywood, you’re still thinking about and rooting for them, much like Chubb and Michel are for each other.

Chubb hasn’t gotten a lot of air-time on Hard Knocks, but hopefully this gesture gets featured in the upcoming episode because it really is a cool moment.

Dominick Blaylock dominates

While college football doesn’t start in Georgia until the end of the month, high school ball is already underway. And one Georgia commit had a monster game on Saturday.

Dominick Blaylock stole the show in the Corky Kell Classic in Atlanta. He hauled in 6 catches for Walton and turned it into 132 yards and 3 touchdowns en-route to a win over Mill Creek. And there was one play in particular that should have Georgia fans doing backflips.

Just before halftime, Blaylock’s quarterback launched a ball to him, even though the 5-star commit was basically triple covered. At first the ball fell into the hands of a Mill Creek defender and it looked like it was going to be a sure interception. But while going to the ground, Blaylock ripped the ball away from the defender. He turned a would-be interception into a touchdown simply by just taking the ball away from his opponent.

Unless you are a fan of Mill Creek High School football, you have to be really impressed by the play and effort.

Blaylock doesn’t get as much attention as some of the other commits in Georgia’s class but it’s clear Georgia is getting a very, very good player. He is rated as the No. 6 wide receiver and the No. 31 overall prospect according to the 247Sports composite ratings. You can see Blaylock’s full highlights from Saturday below.

Mark you calendars for Thursday

As the season inches closer, let’s not forget that Thursday you will have the chance to hang out with the DawgNation team and hear them discuss all things Georgia for the 2018 season.

Brandon Adams, Jeff Sentell and the DawgNation team will be at the Kroger on Bethelview Road in Cumming, Ga., next Thursday, Aug. 23 from 6-8 p.m. to preview the upcoming season. Come hang out and chat with the DawgNation experts, as they’ll also talk off air about everything Georgia Football.

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