10. James Cook emerges as the No.1 running back for Georgia football
James Cook put on a show against the Tennessee Volunteers as he finished with 147 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.
Tennessee didn’t know what to do with Cook, and no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t stop him. The senior recorded 10 carries for 104 yards and two rush scores. He averaged 10.4 yards a carry and wasn’t just going to shine toting the rock. Cook also had three catches for 43 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown catch.
Cook was a big reason the Dawgs gained all the momentum because no one could stop him. His vision is immaculate as he sees holes developing and knows which way to take the run. Not to mention the patience he has while the offensive line creates these lanes is even more impressive.
This performance puts him as the best running back in the room right now because of how smart he ran with the ball in his hands. Cook was the reason the rest of the Dawgs rush attack got going as the others struggled to gain momentum going against the Vols.
He is also another weapon for starting quarterback Stetson Bennett to use through the air, too, so he is emerging as a complete-back.
His performance could have potentially just made him a lot of money in terms of draft status.
Without Cook on Saturday, this ballgame could have gotten ugly for the Dawgs as he carried the momentum in the first half.
He also seemed to get more and more comfortable as the game continued, making him even more deadly. Cook could be peaking at the right moment and give the Dawgs a running back who can gain yards even if the offensive line is getting beat.