BULLDOGS TO WATCH – Georgia vs. Arkansas

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BULLDOGS TO WATCH – Georgia vs. Arkansas

James Cook
Photo: Tony Walsh/UGA Ath;letics
James Cook
Photo: Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics

James Cook (RB, #4)
This is the first season Georgia’s backfield doesn’t return a 1,000 yard rusher since 2014, and it’s finally time for junior tailback James Cook to shine. Over the past two seasons, Cook’s skill set hasn’t been fully utilized and he hasn’t reached his full potential. Although, now might be his chance in Georgia’s new offensive system under first-year coordinator, Todd Monken. Cook has received high praise from his coaches and teammates since the start of summer workouts. He’s been splitting first-team reps with Zamir White, but has also been working on catching passes out of the backfield. His quick feet and reliable hands might separate him from the rest when it comes to playing time. Cook hauled in 24 passes for 221 yards over the past two seasons as he averages 9.2 yards per catch. In that same timeframe, he’s totaled 472 rushing yards on 72 attempts with four touchdowns.

Demetris Robertson (WR, #16)
Georgia’s returning receiving corps is fairly young, and fifth-year senior Demetris Robertson will be looking to be the leader of that group. Robertson was the team’s third leading receiver in 2019 as he caught 30 passes for 333 yards and three touchdowns. The coaching staff will be looking for more production out of Robertson this season because he’s been with the program for so long. Also, they will be looking for someone to step up in the absence of Dominick Blaylock, who re-injured his ACL in the offseason. There are quite a few freshman receivers this year, so look for Robertson to help them adjust to the next level. The 6-foot, 190-pound slot receiver has the speed, and could help out in the punt return game as well.

Demetris Robertson
Photo: Tony Walsh/UGA Ath;letics
Demetris Robertson
Photo: Tony Walsh/UGA Athletics





John FitzPatrick (TE, #86)
This may be an interesting choice, but John FitzPatrick should see plenty of playing time at Arkansas. Florida State graduate transfer Tre’ McKitty is still the No. 1 at tight end, but he’s hurt right now, so FitzPatrick is Georgia’s next best option at tight end to start because of his in-game experience. The 6-foot-7, 255 pound redshirt sophomore has only seen action in 11 games, but that’s more than any other available at the position. FitzPatrick will be a key factor in the blocking game, although look for him to be more of a target in the passing game as well.


Owen Condon (OT, #75)
It’s been a great offseason for Georgia offensive lineman Owen Condon. No one would’ve guessed to hear his name mentioned for a starting job, but head coach Kirby Smart mentioned it back in August. Condon has been improving and is really developing his skills. He’s been competing with redshirt freshman Warren McClendon and freshman Tate Ratledge for the starting right tackle spot. Condon looks to be the probable starter and this would be great news for a player as tough as him. The former three-star product has been battling injuries over the past two years that snubbed him of playing time, but now is his shot and it’s well deserved.

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