Zamir White leaving Georgia early, opts for NFL
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Zamir White leaving Georgia early, opts for NFL

Jake Reuse14 days
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The man known as ‘Zeus’ will be taking his talents to the next level, as Georgia junior running back Zamir White has declared his intentions to enter the NFL draft.

“This season was an absolute thrill from start to finish and bringing a National Championship to Athens was the ultimate reward. I am so proud and feel so blessed to be part of this team. Thank you to Coach Smart and 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 encouragment. And to the University of Georgia and all our fans thank you for the best three years I could have ever hoped for. There 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! Zamir White,” White said via Instagram.

A junior from Laurinburg, North Carolina, White joins fellow Georgia running back James Cook in the decision to test the waters of the league.

A staple in the Bulldogs’ backfield since his arrival in 2019, White finishes his career in Athens with 2043 yards on 382 carries, good for a 5.3 yard average per attempt, in addition to 17 receptions for 132 receiving yards.

White featured in 38 games.

Rated as the nation’s No. 1 running back according to the On3 Consensus and No. 13 overall player in the 2018 class, White suffered a torn ACL his freshman season, costing him the year.

Zamir White overcame hardship to get here

It never derailed his approach, however.

“As far as like now, now like my mindset is just like just straightforward, just winning this and just grinding out with my teammates and just being like the best leader and best teammate and player that I can be,” White said ahead of the Orange Bowl. “But as far as like my mindset, though, I really don’t think about my injuries like at all because my knees and stuff like that don’t bother me. 

Since overcoming those setbacks, he’s become a consistent factor with 22 starts in his sophomore and junior year on his career for the Bulldogs and leader for the team.

Kirby Smart acknowledged as much earlier this season

“What he’s done is incredible in terms of carrying the workload, the leadership, the work ethic,” Smart said of Zamir White. “There’s not a day he comes out to practice and doesn’t practice hard and the best thing about him is that he takes care of his body. He does a tremendous job.”

White, meanwhile, was equally thankful for the opportunity to play in Athens, even after some early career setbacks.

“I would say just blessed, man. Just blessed with my teammates, my coaches, and just being here at this great school, at this great team,” he said following the National Championship. “I’m just blessed to be here, man.”

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