Georgia running back Zamir White, the Bulldogs’ leading rusher each of the past two seasons, has officially declared for the 2022 NFL Draft. White announced his decision on Friday in an Instagram post.
White will go out as a national champion, and he enjoyed the best season of his collegiate season thus far as well. On the season, he had 160 carries for 856 yards and 11 touchdowns, adding nine receptions for 75 yards. Last year, White totaled 144 carries for 779 yards and 11 touchdowns.
In his three-year career at Georgia, White leaves after rushing 382 times for over 2,000 yards with 25 touchdowns.
“This season was an absolute thrill from start to finish and bringing a National Championship to Athens was the ultimate reward,” White said in his announcement. “I am so proud and feel so blessed to be part of this steam. Thank you to Coach Smart & Coach McGee for trusting me to get the job done and for your leadership both on and off the field.
“Thank you to my teammates and my family for all their support and encouragement. And to the University of Georgia and all our fans thank you for the best three years I could have ever hoped for. These are memories I will never forget and will surely last a lifetime.
“It’s what prepared me for this next step as I proudly announce my intention to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft! GO DAWGS!”
Georgia loses its two leading rushers in White, James Cook
Coming in as a freshman, White was a highly coveted recruit. He was ranked as a five-star running back, the 12th overall prospect nationally, the second prospect out of North Carolina, and the top running back according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.
White held a plethora of offers coming into college after starring at Scotland County High School (NC). He chose Georgia over Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and many others.
White isn’t the only Georgia running back heading to the NFL next season. James Cook is also heading to the pros. Cook amassed 728 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground this year behind 113 carries. He also played a role in the passing game with 27 receptions for 284 yards and four touchdowns.
Replacing White and Cook will be no easy task for Georgia, but the Bulldogs have grown used to splitting up the work in the running back room. For White, he now turns his attention towards the NFL Draft.