Kirby Smart talks depth at running back

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Georgia has five running backs who can get the job done.

Zamir White, James Cook, Kenny McIntosh, Kendall Milton and Daijun Edwards. All five of the ball carriers are capable of starting almost anywhere in America and all produce consistently on a weekly basis for the Bulldogs.

Kirby Smart knows how fortunate he is to have recruited so well at a position where depth is important.

But this is nothing new for Georgia, which is considered RBU for a reason. They simply reload every year.

And that depth has been a blessing so far this season, especially now that Georgia enters into the thick of a tough SEC schedule.

“I feel good about our backs. I think we’ve got good depth there,” Smart said.

Georgia’s spread the rock around pretty evenly this year. White is obviously Georgia’s No. 1 guy at the position with Cook sitting right behind him.

Here is a breakdown of Georgia’s top-five running backs’ stats through five games.

Player

Carries

Yards

Touchdowns

Zamir White

53

275

4

Kendall Milton

36

167

1

James Cook

34

210

2

Kenny McIntosh

29

127

1

Daijun Edwards

21

76

1

TOTALS

173

855

9

As you see, Georgia has no problem sharing the ball. That keeps players fresh, wears down defenses and keeps Georgia healthy.

“I got a lot of trust in all those guys, including Daijun (Edwards), he does a tremendous job, he gets to work. Sometimes against our defense, and sometimes with our offense, but I got a lot of trust and faith in all five of those guys.

I think Dell (McGee)’s done a tremendous job keeping those guys balanced, keeping them fresh. We’ve been able to avoid most significant injuries, outside of Kendall (Milton)’s and Zamir (White)’s been banged up some of the time, but those guys have done a good job of staying healthy.”