2017 NFL Draft

John White, RB

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

10/04/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Utes have to figure out how to jumpstart an offense that is averaging just 298.2 yards per game, is still making the transition from the retired Jordan Wynn to senior Jon Hays and is juggling the offensive line rotation with redshirt freshman Siaosi Aiono set to make his first career start at right guard because of injuries to Latu Heimuli and Vyncent Jones. At least the Utes have had a bye week to get ready for a USC defense that allows 346.5 yards per game and just 117.0 yards on the ground. Utes RB John White has had a few extra days to recover from an ankle injury that kept him out of week three against Brigham Young, but the Utes must find a way to score to stay with the potentially explosive Trojans. PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB John White -- The senior, who gained more than 1,500 yards last season, is averaging just 77.7 in 2012 and has been slowed by an ankle injury. He had just 18 yards on 14 carries against Arizona State. The Utes need to figure out a way to spring him for a big run early to instill confidence in the entire offense. Or he has to help the Utes pound the USC defensive line and consistently move the chains with physical play. - The Sports Xchange

09/24/2012 - RB John White carried the ball 14 times for a season-low 18 yards as the ankle sprain that kept him out of last week's game against Brigham Young seemed to be a factor, as did Arizona's defense. White also fumbled twice.

09/11/2012 - 9/11/2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 1. John White RB Utah...After With so many talented senior running backs in the Pac-12, White is often overlooked, but after watching him against Utah State this past weekend, it's no wonder he gets passed over. He came close to surpassing the century mark rushing against the Aggies (96 rush yards), but he averaged only 3.5 yards per carry and really struggled to create on his own. White has springs in his legs with quick feet to juke and make defenders miss, but he relies on his footwork to get himself out of trouble and ends up losing yards on too many occasions. He is a poor inside runner and lacks the build or feel to do damage between the tackles, stopping his feet and failing to do much after contact. White is too light in the pants and the running back instincts just aren't there, dancing when he doesn't need to and not anticipating holes in the defense. He tends to clam up before a hit which slows his progress, not finishing runs. White entered his season as a borderline draftable player and thus far, scouts haven't seen very little positives to report. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/09/2012 - RB John White ran for 96 yards against the Aggies but needed 27 carries to get the job done. The Utes have been shuffling their offensive line, trying to find the right combination to get the offense going. But Utah wanted to limit White's carries to 25 or fewer, and if QB Jordan Wynn is out for an extended period of time, he may have to become the workhorse he was last year in helping the Utes turn around their season.

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Utes will begin the game using RB John White to pound the ball at an Aggies defense that allowed just 56 rushing yards to Southern Utah last week. Unless Utah has a lot of success running the football early, the offense should look to QB Jordan Wynn to initiate the deep passing game that will be important to the team's success when it enters Pac-12 play. Wynn looked steady in his debut against Northern Colorado, but the Aggies will pose a bigger threat. They allowed just 153 yards to Southern Utah in the opener, but the USU defense also gave up 12.8 yards per catch. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2012 - RB John White picked up where he left off in 2011. The senior had 24 carries for 119 yards and one TD against Northern Colorado. Utah is 9-0 when White rushes for more than 100 yards. The Utah coaching staff is hoping not to have to give him the ball more than 25 times in a game, but if he had to carry it 24 times against Northern Colorado, his workload figures to be substantial in 2012.

08/30/2012 - John White rushed for 119 yards, Jordan Wynn threw for two touchdowns and backup quarterback Travis Wilson ran for two more scores to power Utah over Northern Colorado 41-0 on Saturday night in both teams' season opener. Wynn took some time to regain his form after missing the final nine games of the 2011 season due to a left shoulder injury. The Utes' first drive ended in an interception by Courtney Hall on Wynn's underthrown pass, but he recovered to complete 19 of 27 passes for 200 yards, including both TD passes to tight end Jake Murphy. White, who set Utah's single-season rushing record last year, carried 24 times on his way to his ninth career 100-yard game. Northern Colorado, which has lost 19 of its past 20 games and was 0-11 last season, never crossed midfield and managed only 114 total yards on 50 plays. - AP Sports

08/30/2012 - SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: The Utes still have the running back constant in senior John White, but look for backups Kelvin York and Jarrell Oliver to continue their battle for the backup position with their production against the Bears' defense Thursday. That should coincide with Utah's measuring stick of the offensive line's performance. Don't expect to see a lot out of QB Jordan Wynn just yet, with games against in-state rivals Utah State and BYU coming up in the next couple of weeks. The Utes likely will try to execute a lot of plays that does as much to raise Wynn's confidence as ensure his physical wellbeing. - The Sports Xchange

08/07/2012 - Utah senior running back John White nods in the direction of the other backs on Utah's practice field and admits it's going to be nice to have a little help in 2012. "It's going to be different," he said. Different, but probably more of the same. White, who joined the Utes from L.A. Harbor College last year, was the workhorse of Utah's one-dimensional offense when quarterback Jordan Wynn suffered his season-ending shoulder injury. White rushed for 1,519 yards on 316 carries a game to earn second-team all-Pac 12 honors. His consistent productivity became somewhat of a running joke, with Utah coach Kyle Whittingham saying after almost every game that the Utes shouldn't have gone to him as much as they did. Despite White's durability, the Utes don't want to force him into another record-breaking season when it comes to carries. He is firmly entrenched as the starter, but backups Kelvin York and Jarrell Oliver should see playing time too. "We don't want to have to rely on him like we did," Whittingham said. "We know that we can, but we have others this year we want to utilize." White, a soft-spoken, always grinning product of Torrance, Calif., said he welcomes the additional running backs and the versatility Wynn offers. "People are going to have to watch Jordan on the pass and respect the run," he said. "It's going to be a lot different this year." "We're going to be very dangerous," White said. "People are going to have to wonder if we are going to juke or run them over." - Lya Wodraska, The Salt Lake Tribune

07/27/2012 - Top-five Utah prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. RB John White...He's also, however, a very physical back who consistently finishes his runs by keeping his legs churning through contact, spinning off would-be tacklers for extra yards and utilizing his natural leverage advantage to consistently fall forward -- just as he did in scoring the winning touchdown over Georgia Tech in the Utes' overtime Sun Bowl victory to end last season. Though he lacks the size normally associated with featured runners, White certainly demonstrated the toughness to handle a heavy workload. In fact, he led the Pac-12 with 312 carries -- a total that ranked third in the entire country. Based on one season of BCS-level football it would be borderline laughable to compare White to former "undersized" stars like NFL All-Pros Maurice Jones-Drew or Ray Rice... but make no mistake, White is a legitmate NFL prospect who might be the best back in the country that no one outside of the state of Utah seems to be talking about. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - Top-five Utah prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. RB John White...While Utah's biggest player Star Lotulelei will undoubtedly create more of buzz in the scouting community this season, the Ute's smallest player, pound for pound, just might be the best player on the team. White signed with Utah as a highly touted junior college prospect. He'd starred at L.A. Harbor College, earning the 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 were doubtful as to what kind of impact White might have for the Utes, especially considering that he joined the team as they 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. As is often the case with shorter backs, White is typically characterized as a speedy or elusive back. He certainly possesses the speed to run away from defenders and has excellent lateral agility, quickness and vision to make defenders miss in tight quarters. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

07/27/2012 - Before breaking a 29-year-old school record by rushing for 1,519 yards in his first season with the Utes, White put up big numbers at L.A. Harbor College and South Torrance High School. Even so, nothing was handed to him at Utah. "I came into fall camp third string and I had to work for everything," White said while noting that he remained confident throughout the process. "Now I'm representing my team. I guess it's a great stride and I'm loving it." White added that being at Pac-12 Media Day with a player like Lotulelei is an honor and "the greatest thing in the world." It also means a lot to White's family and friends who stopped by the hotel to visit him. "John is a family guy and he's got great parents," Whittingham said. "That's just what he's all about." Lotulelei noted it as well. "There's a lot of people that he surrounds himself with that really respect him and really care for him," said Lotulelei, who was White's media day roommate. "He's a really good guy." White insists he doesn't have any individual goals on the football field. It's all about the team. "With me going 100 percent, everything else will come. So just like last year, I never really had any goals but at the end I had a bunch of accolades," White said. "This year, I think, is going to be out of this world. A lot of people are going to make a lot of faces turn." - Dirk Facer, Deseret News

07/20/2012 - 2012 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: John White (Sr.), Utah, has been selected to the Preseason Doak Walker Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. White finished second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation in rushing (116.8 yards per game) a year ago as a junior, breaking a 29-year-old school record by rushing for 1,519 yards. White led the conference and ranked third in the nation in carries (316). His eight 100-yard games was tied for second in the Pac-12 and he had five of the top 20 rushing games in the conference. He was named second-team all-Pac-12, honorable mention SI.com All-American and the Sun Bowl MVP. - Utah football

07/20/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST: John White, senior, RB, Utah, has been named one of of fifty preseason "players to watch" for The Walter Camp Football Foundation 2012 Player of the Year Award, the nation's fourth-oldest individual college football accolade. White finished second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation in rushing (116.8 yards per game) a year ago as a junior, breaking a 29-year-old school record by rushing for 1,519 yards. White led the conference and ranked third in the nation in carries (316). His eight 100-yard games was tied for second in the Pac-12 and he had five of the top 20 rushing games in the conference. He was named second-team all-Pac-12, honorable mention SI.com All-American and the Sun Bowl MVP. - Utah football

07/10/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: John White IV, Utah, RB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. White, a Heisman candidate, who finished second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation in rushing (116.8 yards per game) a year ago as a junior, broke a 29-year-old school record by rushing for 1,519 yards. Second-team all-Pac-12, honorable mention SI.com All-American and the Sun Bowl MVP, White led the league and ranked third in the nation in carries (316) in his first NCAA season. - Utah football


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