Kirby Smart: The rise of James ‘Mongoose’ Cook to complete player

ATHENS — Kirby Smart looked to find ways to get James Cook on the field since the gifted tailback arrived on campus some 3 1/2 years ago.

Now, it seems, the No. 1 Georgia football program would be wise not to take him off the field, even if that means a two-back set with fellow senior tailback Zamir White.

Cook is neck-and-neck with White in yards from scrimmage this season with 673 on 99 touches (82 rushes, 17 catches) to White’s 690 yards on 126 touches (122 rushes, 4 catches).

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“I think back to his freshman year and we tried to use him in different ways, and he was learning the offense, understanding the motions, having to be a part of a functioning offense that was using him in different ways,” Smart said. “Now, he’s become a more complete player.”


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