Georgia will be without its leading player and both leading edgers when it tries to defend its national championship in 2022.
Junior Zamir White, the team’s leading rider last season, announced Friday that he is entering the NFL draft. Senior James Cook announced earlier this week that he is leaving with one season of eligibility remaining.
Meanwhile, Louis Ceni, the project’s available Safety No. 4, according to Mel Keeper Jr., announced Friday that he will enter the NFL draft.
White, who overcame two knee injuries and countless health issues as a kid, ran for 856 yards with 11 touchdowns last season. White, of Laurensburg, North Carolina, ranks 15th in school history with 2,043 rushing yards and has led the Bulldogs in the rush in each of the past two seasons.
White ran for 84 yards by one in Georgia’s 33-18 win over Alabama in the Monday night college football national championship presented by AT&T, which ended the Bulldogs’ 41-year drought without a national title.
“This season has been full of excitement from start to finish, and bringing a national championship to Athens has been the ultimate reward,” White wrote on his Instagram. “I am very proud and feel very lucky to be a part of this team. …these are memories that I will never forget and will definitely last a lifetime.”
Cook, the younger brother of the Minnesota Vikings who runs Dalvin Cook, was one of Georgia’s most versatile starters this past season. He ran for 728 yards with seven touchdowns, and had 27 passes for 284 yards by four pitches. ESPN Cook’s Mel Keeper Jr. ranked Cook the No. 9 run available for renewal.
Georgia will bring back three runners in 2022 who ran for at least 200 yards: Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Melton and Dijon Edwards. Milton, 12th in the 2020 ESPN 300 race, has missed most of this season with a knee injury. In December, the Bulldogs signed a running back Branson Robinson, of Madison, Mississippi, who finished second in a row in the ESPN 300.
Cine, a youngster from Cedar Hill, Texas, has been a 73 tackle and nine high assists team this season. He was named Defensive Player of the Year in a CFP Championship match against Alabama with seven tackles and one pass.
“I will forever cherish the friendship and brotherhood that I have built with my teammates, through successes and weaknesses,” Sene wrote on Twitter. “We accomplished something special, and it will never be taken away from us. Our bloodline is UGA and we are forever Dawgs.”
The Bulldog will return safety to Christopher Smith who has announced that he will be back next year.
– Chris Smith ll (cpsmithdb) January 14 2022