The few outspoken Georgia doubters that remain love to point out that the team lost the most dynamic and productive running back duo in program history this offseason. While that’s a fact and something that can’t be overstated, those that are more inclined to believe the good times have just begun in Athens can point to the fact the program is still loaded with talent at the position.

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Outside of D’Andre Swift, who some claim is the team’s best player, the Bulldogs also signed five-star prospect Zamir White and highly-regarded four-star James Cook have been added to help make up for the absence of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

Now you don’t have to just take the opinion of recruitniks out there, one of their teammates is ready to vouch for the potential of Georgia’s new freshmen running back duo. According to sophomore linebacker Monty Rice, both new members of the Bulldog backfield look ready to help immediately this fall.

While White did tear his ACL during his senior season of high school football, the team cleared him for contact heading into training camp. Rice was asked if White seemed limited or fully confident in his knee following his rehab efforts. Without hesitation, here was his response.

“He seems pretty confident,” Rice said smiling.

As for the other Georgia freshman, Rice had nothing but positive things to say about Cook — who is the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings RB Dalvin Cook.

“Little Cook never stops running,” Rice offered up. “He’s fast, he’s just fast.”

He later provided this thought when asked to deliver a follow-up on Cook.

“It’s tough. I’ve never played against a running back like Cook before. He has his own little style and it’s very unique,” Rice said. “He’s very tough to cover and you can’t be looking at the quarterback when you cover him because you’ll watch him complete the pass.”

Doubt Georgia’s running backs at your own risk, it appears Rice may have done so in practice and got burnt a time or two this training camp.