White’s small stature is a strength


Tailback James White is 5-foot-8 and 184 pounds.

Many folks have likely questioned White’s small stature throughout his career, but Coach Paul Rhoads suggested Monday his frame is an advantage.

“(At practice) I was standing back where a safety would be positioned and you physically lose sight of him for a count or so and, with his quickness as he shoots through a hole, you’re (the defender) in a 1-on-1 situation quickly,” Rhoads said. “When you have to react (on defense), it’s an advantage to the offense and James White. His size is a positive aspect to his game.”

As White prepares for his second career start (Shontrelle Johnson is questionable for Saturday), he does so coming off a career-best 148-yard effort at Baylor.

In the last two weeks, White has ripped off a 76-yard touchdown against the Bears and registered two runs of roughly 50 yards against Texas (although both were called back because of WR holding downfield).

White’s quickness in partnership with his hard-to-locate stature is a great combination.

“I like my size,” White said. “I look up to guys like Darren Sproles and see how he makes plays in the NFL. (I also like) guys like Warrick Dunn and Noel Devine. Size doesn’t really matter. It’s all about making plays.”

Wonderful things can come in small packages. That includes college tailbacks and White’s team-best 323 yards rushing, 5.5-yard average per carry and five TDs are positive proof.

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