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John White, RB

School: Utah  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Missouri City, TX
Height/Weight: 5-7 / 191 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

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STRENGTHS: White is a quick-footed athlete with good acceleration, reaching his top-end speed quickly. He has sharp, agile footwork and makes sharp cuts with some natural burst to get through the hole quickly.

White does a nice job getting to the second level with springs in his legs. He shows his toughness, lowering his pads and fighting for every yard. White showed some workhorse ability in the Pac 12 despite his lack of size. He has good receiving traits with 28 career receptions the past two years.

White was productive at Utah with back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons (the first in school history to do so), including a school-record 1,519 rushing yards last season. A senior captain, he finished strong in 2012 despite a slow start as an ankle injury healed.

WEAKNESSES: White has a slim, undersized frame and runs light in the pants, causing him to be tackled too easily. He lacks the bulk or feel to live between the tackles and not having much success as an inside runner.

White lacks natural running back instincts and dances too much when he doesn't need to, admittedly thinking too much about the "big play." He tends to stop his feet and clam up before a big hit, which slows his progress.

White offers little power as a runner and lacks much leg drive, struggling to create much on his own or do much after contact. He runs timid and indecisive at times, lacking natural vision. He needs extensive technique work in pass protection, too often leaving his feet, throwing his body around or whiffing. His ball security also needs improvement.

White was some durability concerns as he was bothered by an ankle injury for the first half of the 2012 season and also broke his right arm in the fourth quarter of the regular-season finale.

COMPARES TO: Dion Lewis, RB, Philadelphia Eagles - Quick-footed athletes with shifty moves in space, but overall, lacks the size or bulk to be anything more than a change-of-pace back.

-- Dane Brugler

Player Overview

White signed with Utah as a highly touted junior college prospect. He had starred at L.A. Harbor College, earning Central West Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and leaving the Seahawks with a trail of broken single-season and career rushing records in his wake.

Despite the success at the JUCO ranks, some doubted what kind of impact White might have for the Utes, especially considering he joined the team as the Utes stepped up their level of competition by signing on with the Pac-12.

Any concerns about White's ability to handle the step up was answered last year, as the compact runner blazed through defenses to the tune of 1,519 yards, breaking a 29-year-old school record for the most rushing yards in a season and ranking behind only Oregon's LaMichael James for the conference title.

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11/14/2012 - PAC-12: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 3. RB John White, 5-8, 188, Utah: Why he has the third spot: After rushing for more than 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, big things were expected from White in 2012. But he got off to a slow start this year, not hitting the 100-yard mark once in the Utes' first six FBS games after hitting it eight times in 13 games last season. White's hitting his stride now though, having reached the century mark in each of Utah's last three games, including a season-high 142 yards against Washington on Saturday. Season stats (10 games): 171 carries, 761 yards, 7 touchdowns; 12 receptions, 85 yards, 1 touchdown. Player ranking: White is ranked 447th overall and is the 35th-highest rated RB in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: White might put up some eye-popping numbers in the Utes' final two games of the regular season. Over the next two weeks, Utah will face the Pac-12's 11th- and 12th-ranked run defenses in Arizona and Colorado. This is the same Colorado run defense that surrendered a conference-record 366 yards to Wildcats RB Ka'Deem Carey on Saturday. - John Breech, CBSSports.com

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