For the first time in his three years at Georgia, Cook is expected to play a more integral role than he has so far.
Although Cook comes in with 72 carries for 472 yards and 24 career catches for 221 yards, he has never really had the chance to show what he could do as a featured tailback.
Under new offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who has stressed the need to get the ball to best his playmakers in space, that’s expected to change.
“It’s easy to be excited, just getting out there,” Cook said. “We’re learning different things, and out there doing the best we can.”
When he spoke to the media two weeks ago, Monken said he’s been impressed.
“Zamir has had a tremendous off-season,” Monken said. “But so, has James Cook.”
I hope that’s right, but I worry that Cook will turn out to be this year’s version of “we’re gonna involve the tight ends in the offense more”. Prove me wrong, Monken.