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    Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,167 (April 3, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about why Sony Michel's UGA career might be underrated by some fans around the country. Georgia football podcast: Appreciating Sony Michel's underrated UGA career Beginning of the show: Former Georgia running back Sony Michel was recently omitted from the list of the best players to ever wear the No. 1 by Fox Sports. I'll discuss on today's show why Michel is possibly underrated and why it's important for UGA fans to take time to acknowledge his and other former Bulldogs' contributions to the program. 10-minute mark: I discuss the ways in which UGA is handling the coronavirus shutdown according to some recent comments from UGA coach Kirby Smart. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Mike Griffith joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Reaction to DawgNation's Cover Four mock draft of UGA players An examination of what will be required for the Bulldogs to emerge as the nation's best defense And a discussion about UGA skeptics ahead of the Bulldogs trip to Alabama in September 30-minute mark: I take a look at other SEC headlines including Mississippi State coach Mike Leach apologizing for a controversial tweet, MSU picking up a commitment from football and baseball recruit Salyer Robertson, Alabama coach Nick Saban confirming a linebacker's suspension, LSU coach Ed Orgeron's reported divorce and Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz's thoughts on how quickly teams can prepare to start the season in the event the return to campus is delayed. End of show: I discuss an ESPN analyst's take on why he thinks former UGA quarterback Jake Fromm could eventually replace Drew Brees with the Saints and I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: Appreciating Sony Michel's underrated UGA career appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Like so many other people out there, Kirby Smart and the Georgia football staff had travel plans. The staff, as so many do, we're planning on visiting a few other programs around the country and swapping ideas. In 2019, Mario Cristobal and Oregon coaches came to Athens to talk shop with Smart and the Georgia staff. That obviously can't happen now given the various travel restrictions and the fallout from the COVID-19 outbreak. So like everyone else, the Georgia staff is adapting. And in one aspect, the adaptations are actually leading to innovations. 'I've actually found that we've had it wrong all along,' Smart said on an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show. 'We were flying to go see USC or we would go visit another program whether it be Miami and learn football and learn what they're doing. 'Well now, we're able to visit everybody just by way of Zoom. Zoom is one of the many teleconferencing apps that teams around the country are now using to communicate with each other over distances. Related: Kirby Smart says 2021 recruits will make their decisions maybe a little sooner than anticipated' Smart added that through Zoom, the Georgia staff now is more efficiently able to meet with and chat with teams, both at the college and pro level. And that's something that Smart very much enjoys. 'We've probably averaged 3-4 NFL teams, a couple of colleges per day just going in the afternoons after we do the work that we need to do,' Smart said. 'That's been unique for me and I'm able to sit in because I've got a laptop, I've got a phone, you can be in the 2-3 different Zooms at once kinda watching what's going on.' Communicating with other staffs isn't the only way the Georgia staff has been using Zoom or one of the many teleconferencing apps. This is also how teams are meeting with players and holding positional group meetings. Starting this past Monday, the SEC allowed for coaches to communicate with their players through telecommunication for up to a required two hours a week. 'Coaches are obviously not able to provide any physical delivery of information, or conduct any physical activity,' Georgia Athletic Director Greg McGarity said 'But if you want to sit down online with a group of wide receivers and show video, and teach and have chalk talks, all that is fine.' Players cannot be physically required to workout during this process but a strength and conditioning coach, like Georgia's Scott Sinclair, can provide a workout or drill instructions to players, they just are not able to observe the drills themselves. Related: SEC steps toward resuming football preparations, approves online chalk talks As far as when all this might come to an end, Smart didn't want to speculate or what kind of effects it might have on the start of the season. He stressed the importance of sheltering in place hunkering down to use the Georgia vernacular. The NCAA this week did announce that it would extend the dead period for recruiting from April 15 to May 31. The dead period prohibits any in-person recruiting. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation DawgNation staffers draft their fantasy teams using the 2020 Georgia football roster Georgia coach Kirby Smart shares glimpse into college football's future health protocols Georgia football podcast: SEC Network analyst calls Scott Cochran Nick Saban's worst coaching loss' The DawgNation Georgia football fantasy draft, plenty of surprises David Daniel: 2021 UGA commit joined Before the Hedges' on Zoom 3 takeaways from Georgia football coach Kirby Smart's beat writer teleconference The post Kirby Smart details how coronavirus restrictions are leading to innovations for Georgia football appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Kirby Smart continued to refuse to speculate on when college football might return on the SEC Network on Thursday, but he did take a look into the future. Smart, whose Georgia football team is among the preseason College Football Playoff favorites, predicts several provisions to protect the players when action resumes. 'T here'll be all kinds of protocols put into place,' Smart said during a Thursday appearance on The Paul Finebaum Show. 'They'll probably check everybody for fevers. They'll have ways of monitoring, quarantining guys. Are guys going to live together? Because football players tend to live together and if one goes down, is that whole apartment? 'There may be all kinds of things like that.' Smart reiterated that he doesn't believe it's healthy to speculate on the precise date of the sport's return. Indeed, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was recently critical of ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit expressing a pessimistic view. 'I heard Kirk Herbstreit come out and say, No way,' ' Kelly said on WSBT-TV in South Bend. 'Kirk does not know what he's talking about. Really? For him to talk in those terms, he's not a scientist. He's a college football analyst. We'll let the scientists determine those things.' Smart said he, too, is deferring to the experts on when college football should or could return. 'That's a big talk, (and) that's a big debate,' Smart said. 'I've visited with our strength and conditioning coach, all of our (medical staff). In Ron Courson we've got one of the best in the business as far as athletic trainers go. He's done it for a long time. I don't think it's good to speculate.' Smart takes note that the spring sports athletes have suffered the greatest consequence of the coronavirus pandemic to date. 'I do know that most of these kids, these young men who are NCAA athletes in all sports, you look at the spring sports and they took the ultimate hit,' Smart said. 'They lost a complete season. But these are resilient kids and they'll overcome it. Most of them are training in their own ways. Social distancing but still training and doing the things they've got to do to get their bodies in shape.' DawgNation Kirby Smart offseason stories Kirby Smart reveals 5 players who impressed in workouts 3 takeaways from Kirby Smart beat writer teleconference How CO-VID 19 is affecting Georgia football recruiting Kirby Smart predicts recruits will make decisions sooner than later Why Kirby Smart gave Scott Cochran opportunity Nick Saban wouldn't Smart boosts Dan Lanning over $1 million, new staff salary numbers Quarterbacks affected more than any position during stoppage, per Kirby Kirby Smart's sports stoppage message: Control what you can control D'Wan Mathis family thanks Kirby Smart, Georgia The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart shares glimpse into college football's future health protocols appeared first on DawgNation.
  • With the start of the 2020 NFL Draft less than three weeks away, we at DawgNation thought it would be a good time to try out a draft of our own, using some of the many talented players on Georgia's 2020 roster. Each member of the DawgNation team, Jeff Sentell, Mike Griffith, Connor Riley and Brandon Adams each had 10 selections to draft the best possible lineup for a backyard football, sandlot style game. The only stipulation was that you had to draft at least one offensive lineman and one defensive lineman. Got to show the big guys some love. Sentell was given the first pick and the draft went in snake order, with Griffith picking second, Riley going third, Adams then getting the fourth and fifth selections. You can watch the draft in its entirety below as well as see the final rosters and a brief scouting report for each team. Team Jeff Sentell 1R DB Richard LeCounte III (No. 1 overall pick) 2R LB Azeez Ojulari 3R QB Carson Beck 4R WR Jermaine Burton 5R WR Dominick Blaylock 6R CB Tyrique Stevenson 7R OL Broderick Jones 8R WR Arian Smith 9R DL Devonte Wyatt 10R LB Mekhail Sherman Coached by: Dell McGee The Sentell Scouting Report:Freshman heavy. Seriously athletic and versatile. Lots and lots of ball skills and quicks. No true RBs. Just two DBs. Jones will be just fine as a TE in our formats, too. Wyatt was a RB in high school. Team Mike Griffith 1R WR George Pickens (No. 2 overall pick) 2R CB Tyson Campbell 3R QB D'Wan Mathis 4R TE Darnell Washington 5R OL Jamaree Salyer 6R DE Malik Herring 7R LB Monty Rice 8R LB Jermaine Johnson 9R RB Kenny McIntosh 10R DB Mark Webb Coached by Dan Lanning The Sentell Scouting Report:Washington is a matchup problem. Sayler is a value pick. Good close with Webb because he can be a quality WR and a versatile utility DB. Super sound tackler. Pickens is the only true WR. Just one freshman prospect among this group. Team Connor Riley 1R CB Eric Stokes (No. 3 overall pick) 2R DL Travon Walker 3R DB Kelee Ringo 4R RB James Cook 5R LB Adam Anderson 6R WR Marcus Rosemy 7R OL Trey Hill 8R DB Lewis Cine 9R RB Kendall Milton 10R DL Jalen Carter Coached by Glenn Schumann The Sentell Scouting Report:Also laden with four freshman prospects. Going without a QB. Cine, Milton and Carter were probably the three best back-to-back-to-back closing picks. Just one WR, but that's probably what Cook can do. Cook would be a real problem in backyard football. He was a great DB in big games for Miami Central in HS. Team Brandon Adams 1R QB Jamie Newman (No. 4 overall pick) 2R OLB Nolan Smith 3R ILB Nakobe Dean 4R RB Zamir White 5R DL Jordan Davis 6R OL Ben Cleveland 7R WR Demetris Robertson 8R CB DJ Daniel 9R ILB Quay Walker 10R WR Kearis Jackson Coached by Matt Luke The Sentell Scouting Report:If you saw the broadcast, we might just call these boys 'The Snakes' and with good reason. Might have had the best first four picks of the draft. The reverse order from Rounds 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 helped out a lot there. Definitely the most menacing team with Cleveland and Davis on there. He didn't pick a single 2020 signee for his squad. Now that you've seen the draft, the debate and the selection, we need your help in determining who won the 10 player draft. Who came up with the best squad? Vote in the poll below to help us determine who the top DawgNation GM is. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Kirby Smart says 2021 recruits will make their decisions maybe a little sooner than anticipated' Georgia football podcast: SEC Network analyst calls Scott Cochran Nick Saban's worst coaching loss' The DawgNation Georgia football fantasy draft, plenty of surprises David Daniel: 2021 UGA commit joined Before the Hedges' on Zoom 3 takeaways from Georgia football coach Kirby Smart's beat writer teleconference James Cook could benefit most from Todd Monken's new offense The post DawgNation staffers draft their fantasy teams using the 2020 Georgia football roster appeared first on DawgNation.
  • There's a lot of uncertainty in the world right now given the disruption caused by COVID-19. Many are wondering when and how things will get back to normal. Others have even begun to ponder whether we'll have a college football season at all. But Kirby Smart has tried to discouraging speculating too much on what the future might like. While speaking on the Paul Finebaum Show on Thursday, he once again stressed the importance of staying in and trying to prevent a further outbreak. Smart did, however, speak with some certainty when it comes to recruiting and the 2021 recruiting cycle in particular. 'The recruiting has ramped up because we're not really spending any time with our players because they're not on campus,' Smart said. 'You talk to a 2021 prospect right now, he's averaging about 10 to 15 calls a day and he's about fed up with it. 'So a lot of those kids are going to make their decisions maybe a little sooner than anticipated.' We've already seen some schools land commitments during this period, as Michigan and Ohio State have both landed multiple blue-chip recruits. Georgia has brought in one as well to the 2021 recruiting cycle, as the Bulldogs landed 4-star defensive end Jonathan Jefferson. At the moment, Georgia has just four commitments in the 2021 recruiting cycle. Traditionally under Smart, the Bulldogs have landed a number of commitments and seen a lot of movement later in the cycle around National Signing Day. In the 2020 class, the Bulldogs landed 10 commitments/signees after Georgia lost to LSU in the SEC championship game to LSU. Related: Georgia football will be just fine putting together elite 2021 recruiting class The Bulldogs are in good standing with a number of 2021 recruits, such as 4-star linebacker Barrett Carter, 5-star safety James Williams, 5-star offensive tackle Amarius Mims and 5-star linebacker Smael Mondon. Quintin Somerville is a 4-star Georgia target from Arizona. He talked about what life is like for a recruit at the moment, especially as they now have to cancel and rearrange visits. 'Coaches are contacting me three times as much right now,' Somerville said. 'It is every day now. They have nothing to do as well.' Smart also discussed with Finebaum the idea of moving back the Early Signing Period, which is traditionally set for the middle of December. But Smart outlined an issue with shifting that date around for the 2021 class and the possible impact it would have on the 2022 signing class. 'The problem with that is if you push that, you're now pushing back on the next class,' Smart said. 'You're going to push the next class back because a lot of that are in the 2022 class, the next signing class, that's when they do their visits, in January.' At the moment, Georgia has the No. 15 recruiting class in the 2021 cycle. On Wednesday the NCAA announced that dead period for recruiting, which prohibits in-person contact between coaches and recruits will be extended until May 31. Georgia football 2021 recruiting: commitments Brock Vandagriff, 5-star quarterback from Bogart, Ga.: No. 12 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 31 player in 247Sports rankings,No. 5 in Rivals, No. 33 in ESPN, No. 2 ranked dual-threat quarterback, No. 2 ranked player from Georgia. DawgNation story on Brock Vandagriff: Why the addition of 5-star QB Brock Vandagriff could be a great sign for in-state recruiting David Daniel, 4-star defensive back from Woodstock, Ga.: No. 78 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 132 player in 247Sports rankings, No. 95 in Rivals, No. 35 in ESPN, No. 4 ranked athlete, No. 8 ranked player from Georgia. DawgNation story on David Daniel: Georgia lands commitment from 2021 prospect David Daniel Jonathan Jefferson 4-star defensive end from Douglasville, Ga.: No. 143 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 166 player in 247Sports rankings, No. 172 in Rivals, No. 150 in ESPN, No. 11 ranked strongside defensive end, No. 12 player from Georgia. DawgNation story on Jonathan Jefferson: Georgia lands commitment from Jonathan Jefferson Marlin Dean, 3-star defensive tackle from Elberton, Ga.: No. 408 player in 247Sports Composite rankings, No. 27 DT in 247Sports rankings, No. 33 SDE in Rivals, Unranked via ESPN, No. 33 ranked player from Georgia. DawgNation story on Marlin Dean: Marlin Dean: It turns out the night UGA fell to Florida in hoops wasn't a total loss More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Georgia football podcast: SEC Network analyst calls Scott Cochran Nick Saban's worst coaching loss' The DawgNation Georgia football fantasy draft, plenty of surprises David Daniel: 2021 UGA commit joined Before the Hedges' on Zoom 3 takeaways from Georgia football coach Kirby Smart's beat writer teleconference James Cook could benefit most from Todd Monken's new offense The post Kirby Smart says 2021 recruits will make their decisions maybe a little sooner than anticipated' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 1,166 (April 2, 2020) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what one SEC Network analyst said about the impact of Scott Cochran leaving Alabama for Georgia. Georgia football podcast: SEC Network analyst calls Scott Cochran Nick Saban's worst coaching loss' Beginning of the show: The departure of former Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran who left the Crimson Tide recently to become special teams coach at Georgia comes at a bad time for Alabama coach Nick Saban according to recent comments from SEC Network analyst Cole Cubelic. I'll discuss that topic on today's show and share audio of what UGA coach Kirby Smart said about Cochran this week. 10-minute mark: I'll examine how the Bulldogs are handling preseason preparations without the benefit of spring practices. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's Connor Riley joins the show. Some of the topics covered include Reaction to Smart's press conference this week Thoughts on the value of Cochran at UGA and the impact of his loss for Alabama A look at whether UGA will have the country's top defense this season And a discussion about the finalists in DawgNation's bracket-style voting for the top moments thus far in the Smart era 35-minute mark: I discuss the over/under totals for the SEC's top teams. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater and encourage DawgNation Daily listeners to stay healthy and remain vigilant with their hand washing and social distancing measures. The post Georgia football podcast: SEC Network analyst calls Scott Cochran Nick Saban's worst coaching loss' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • DawgNation got to 'Zoom' with 2021 Georgia commitment David Daniel on Wednesday. The long-standing DB recruit for the 2021 class joined our weekly 'Before the Hedges' program on a zoom chat. The rising senior at Woodstock High School (Woodstock, Ga.) hails from South Florida but moved to the Metro Atlanta area for the bulk of his high school career. Daniel currently ranks as the nation's No. 4 ATH and the No. 78 overall prospect on the 247Sports Composite ratings. He will be a safety at UGA and plans to enroll early in January of 2021. The DawgNation reporting team had its questions for the feed. So did the DawgNation community who joined the stream live via Facebook. Check out the full video replay in the featured video slot up above. What did we discuss? Check out the topic tree below: What is it like for him during COVID-19 quarantine? Who are his top targets for the 2021 class? Why did he chose Georgia? Daniel discussed why he is still 'ten toes down' standing strong with his UGA commitment Are other schools still recruiting him hard? What does he plan to study while at UGA? What is it like having a former Georgia DB in Glenn Ford as his trainer? Which team does he look forward to playing the most as a Bulldog? How is he staying in shape right now? Did you know the weekly DawgNation.com 'Before the Hedges' program is now available as an Apple podcast? Click to check it out and download. BEFORE THE HEDGES ON YOUTUBE April 1, 2020: David Daniel is our special guest March 25, 2020: What UGA is getting in Jonathan Jefferson March 18, 2020: How COVID-19 is and isn't affecting Georgia recruiting March 11, 2020: Nation's No. 2 RB Treyveon Henderson calls UGA a top school March 4, 2020: Priority LB target Raineria Dillworth narrows options after UGA visit February 26, 2020: Nation's No. 2 LB recruit Smael Mondon Jr. loves UGA because of 'championships' DAWGNATION RECRUITING Georgia recruiting on DawgNation How elite OLB target Quintin Somerville tackles the COVID-19 quarantine COVID-19: How Kirby Smart sees that affecting Georgia recruiting The elite 2022 recruit who brings to mind Nick Chubb, Nolan Smith and Fred Sanford 5 things to know about recent 2021 commitment Jonathan Jefferson Nation's No. 1 CB Tony Grimes had three UGA visits set prior to COVID-19 outbreak Dylan Fairchild: The UGA offer for the elite OL was like 'drinking from a fire hydrant Elijah Jeudy: Has Georgia found another future Bulldog in Philadelphia? Pulling Bulldogs from the Bronx, Brooklyn and Jersey? HS coach raves about UGA Devin Willock: The 2020 signee and the surgical scooter which rolled him to UGA Georgia adds a key 2021 commit in Peach State product Jonathan Jefferson Amarius Mims: 5-star priority OT sets his commitment date Donovan Edwards: Priority 4-star RB feels UGA probably' gets an official visit The post David Daniel: 2021 UGA commit joined 'Before the Hedges' on Zoom appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Are you ready to talk some UGA football? Mark your calendar to join DawgNation's staff at 3 pm today (Thursday) for a live telecast of the popular 'Cover 4' series. You'll have your chance to have your questions answered by our expert DawgNation foursome of Jeff Sentell, Mike Griffith, and Connor Riley, along with host Brandon Adams. Do you like fantasy football? Our DawgNation team will also participate in a live fantasy draft of current UGA players on the roster. We welcome your opinions and hot takes on every draft pick made. Again, please go to DawgNation's YouTube channel (CLICK HERE) , follow the page, and then join us for a live broadcast at 3 p.m. The post Join DawgNation livestream video at 3 p.m. today to discuss UGA football, fantasy draft of Bulldogs appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS The best leaders and the most intelligent people are the ones who know what they don't know. Georgia football coach Kirby Smart a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his playing career served up a reminder of that when he deferred on speculating about college football's future. WATCH: Breaking down Kirby's spring football briefing 'I can't speculate on what I don't know, and we don't have a large amount of information right now,' Smart said. 'It's no fault of anybody. I'm not trying to point any blame, but we don't know a lot about the future and what that holds. 'I'm not going to sit back and say well this is what I think should be done, or this is what I think is going to happen, because I don't think that does anybody any good .' Smart did, however, feel comfortable enough to talk about his team. The 2020 Bulldogs are set up for an SEC Championship and College Football Playoff run on the strength of what on paper is the best returning defense in the nation. Georgia returns nine of 11 starters from its Sugar Bowl team, and Smart said there are rising sophomores and juniors that appear on the verge of breaking through even more. Here are three takeaways from Smart's teleconference with Georgia football beat writers earlier this week: 1. Priority on players Smart, like the CEOs of many of the nation's top organizations, has placed a priority on his personnel and ensuring their well-being ahed of any of the football business. Smart was quarantined himself after returning with his family from Central America at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic's severe effects on the U.S. society. It's clear he demands his players take the social distancing directives seriously. 'Th e No. 1 thing is the well-being of our players, their families, our student-athletes, our students at the University of Georgia,' Smart said. 'We're trying every way we can to make sure that they have everything they need because so many of them have parents in harm's way. 'They're in harm's way taking care of themselves if they don't respect what they're being told.' 2. Kirby's going to Kirby Thoroughness and efficiency are two of the traits that make Smart one of the best coaches in the nation, and he didn't take long to shift into that mode. Smart was among the first to push for videoconferencing, and that helped lead to the SEC approaching two hours of online 'chalk talk' between players and their coaches per week last Friday. The new measure took effect last Monday. 'In anticipation of doing it we were trying to get ready, we were practicing ourselves,' Smart said. 'A lot of these kids are better at these technological things than the coaches are, so we had to practice . to get ready so that we hit the ground running.' 3. Confident in quarterbacks Smart didn't exactly use the word 'comfortable' when asked about Jamie Newman. But he revealed the Georgia graduate transfer quarterback had found some 'rhythm' while throwing with receivers in limited work. Quarterbacks will be the position players most affected by the football stoppage, Smart said. But then he also revealed that Newman and the other UGA signal callers were able to at least get some familiarity with the offense. 'As far as the QB and the offense for our guys, I mean, we were able to meet leading up to spring practice,' Smart said. ' . we were able to have walkthroughs leading up to spring time, which we maximized that time. Not anticipating that we wouldn't have spring, but just knowing that we had new quarterbacks and due to the offensive systems we had to make sure we spent time with that. So we spent a lot of time on that.' DawgNation Kirby Smart offseason stories Kirby Smart reveals 5 players who impressed in workouts How CO-VID 19 is affecting Georgia football recruiting Why Kirby Smart gave Scott Cochran opportunity Nick Saban wouldn't Updates on rehab progress of Dominick Blaylock, D'Wan Mathis Smart boosts Dan Lanning over $1 million, new staff salary numbers Quarterbacks affected more than any position during stoppage, per Kirby Kirby Smart's sports stoppage message: Control what you can control D'Wan Mathis family thanks Kirby Smart, Georgia The post 3 takeaways from Georgia football coach Kirby Smart beat writer teleconference appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Welcome to Good Day, UGA , your one-stop shop for Georgia footballnews and takes. Check us out every weekday morning for everything you need to know about Georgia football, recruiting, basketball and more. James Cook doing well in search of a bounce-back year under Todd Monken Perhaps no one fell victim to the offseason hype machine more than running back James Cook did in 2019. With a new offensive coordinator in James Coley, who was a big reason Cook signed with the Bulldogs as a member of the 2018 class, and another year of gains in the Georgia strength and conditioning program, Cook seemed like a possible breakout candidate. His speed and pass-catching ability should've made him an interesting option for the Georgia offense. In theory, the Bulldogs could use him out of the backfield as well as out wide. In the hands of a creative and capable play-caller, Cook could add another layer to the Georgia offense. But that never materialized. After accumulating 170 rushing and receiving yards and two touchdowns in the first three games of the season, he finished with just 150 yards combined in the next 11 games. Defenses knew to key on him when he entered the game, sticking with him when he went in motion on jet sweeps. Factor in a December arrest and exiting the Sugar Bowl with an injury in a game Georgia was without Brian Herrien and D'Andre Swift was incredibly limited and it could not have been a worse ending to Cook's sophomore season. Some would've pouted and thought about transferring out. But to this point in the offseason, Cook hasn't done that. He's kept his head down, continue to improve his body and made an impression on Kirby Smart and the Georgia coach staff this offseason. 'I mean we had competition daily to see who was going to win individual battles, and James probably had the largest winning percentages,' Smart said of the player who stood out this offseason. 'He and Zamir (white) really challenging each other, and competing really hard. Those guys can continue to grow.' While Cook isn't able to continue to make those gains on the Georgia practice field, he is getting some work in with a pretty talented player. Cook posted a picture of himself working out with Minnesota Vikings star Dalvin Cook, who also happens to be his older brother. pic.twitter.com/2Bw5gFhoyq James Cook (@thegreat__4) March 28, 2020 Dalvin's success, he was a two-time All-American at Florida State and a Pro Bowler this past year for the Vikings, is another reason why James had such high expectations. But as is always the case with brothers, they are not the same person. Related: Kirby Smart reveals 5 Georgia football players who impressed during offseason workouts Cook now enters his junior season with an opportunity for greater playing time now that Swift and Herrien are off to the NFL. He's not the only one looking to fill that void, as he'll be working with White, Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards. As odd as it might sound now, Cook and White are the most experienced backs in the room, as they both enter their junior seasons. Neither has had the career either envisioned to this point, but it's also encouraging that Smart mentioned both by name as players who have stood out this offseason. White and Cook, in a sky-high scenario, would from the next thunder and lightning tandem at Georgia, following in the footsteps of Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall and Nick Chubb and Sony Michel. As for what that might look like in a Monken offense, he's shown that he can work two running backs with complementary skills. This past season with the Browns, Monken had a hand in balancing Chubb and Kareem Hunt's workload for the Browns as the offensive coordinator. In the eight games, Hunt was available, he finished with 37 catches for 285 yards, while also adding 43 carries for 179 yards. Chubb was the workhorse on the ground, finishing with 1,474 rushing yards over the course of 16 games. As much as Cook improves on his own, it will also be on Monken to get the most of Cook this year. For as much weight and muscle he adds, he's never going to be the physical runner that White will be. But Swift showed last year that over time, this is a skill that can be improved over time. Where Cook could really distinguish himself is as a pass-catcher. If Monken is able to effectively incorporate into the passing game, it could also make life easier for Jamie Newman or whoever ends up being Georgia's quarterback. Related: Kirby Smart: Football stoppage will affect quarterbacks more than anything' Writing all this isn't an attempt to hype Cook once again or say that the player we saw in 2019 is the same one we'll see in 2020. At this point, it's hard to say when we'll even have a 2020 season, much less what Cook will look like in the Georgia offense. But it's clear that Cook isn't content to let what happened in 2019 define his entire Georgia career. He's doing the best that he can to improve as a player for the Georgia football program. More Georgia football stories from around DawgNation Bracket season: Sony Michel and D'Andre Swift square off for top spot in Kirby Smart bracket Georgia football podcast: Steve Spurrier strikes a hopeful tone about college football's eventual return Quintin Somerville: A decision delay and how a top 70 recruit tackles COVID-19 quarantine WATCH: Breaking down Kirby Smart's spring sports break briefing College coaches tab Kelee Ringo as top Georgia football incoming freshman Rising coaching star Dan Lanning becomes Georgia football's highest-paid assistant Todd McShay has three Bulldogs in his latest 2020 NFL mock draft Dawgs on Twitter 'There's no greater feeling than moving a man from Point A to Point B, against his will.' Video creds: @raincityseries pic.twitter.com/yTbzk67ChJ Andrew Thomas (@allforgod_55) April 2, 2020 Shout out to Five Bar in Downtown Athens! Serving free hot meals from their food truck to the homeless in Downtown Athens. #athenshelpingathens pic.twitter.com/MK1dfQk7AR Athens-Clarke County Police Department (@accpolice) April 1, 2020 It's all about perspective. Keep staying safe, #DawgNation. We can't wait to get back on the practice field #HunkerDown #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/gNc6tdmVzo Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) April 1, 2020 Marshall Leonard used to play pro soccer for the New England Revolution. Now he's working as an emergency room doctor in New York City. Here's his final thought with @NotthefakeSVP tonight: pic.twitter.com/xNkSBcV4zx Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 2, 2020 Good Dawg of the Day They're on a roll! pic.twitter.com/hCuCuKqmrL Cute Emergency (@CuteEmergency) April 2, 2020 The post James Cook could benefit most from Todd Monken's new offense appeared first on DawgNation.