LenDale White RB 6’2 235 USC Jr.
By: Robert Davis
LenDale White has played “Thunder” to Reggie Bush’s “Lightning” during his three years at USC. The two compliment each other perfectly, and has played a huge role in USC’s explosive offense and overall success. As a true freshman, White led the Trojans in rushing with 754 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a sophomore, he again led the team in rushing. He finished the season with 1,103 yards on the ground with 15 touchdown runs. This season he took a back seat to Reggie Bush as the feature back, but still ended the year with career highs across the board. White ran for 1,178 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging over 6.6 yards per carry. In his three year career, White scored 57 touchdowns, a USC record. One interesting note is that White is a cousin of Detroit Piston Chauncey Billups.
White may be the best power back in the country. He is a load to bring down between the tackles. With his size and strength, he just runs through arm tackles and falls forward at the end of every run. For a man his size, he does pack a little wiggle, and has very good speed in the open field to take it the distance. Even though he’s not used very often out of the backfield, he has displayed solid hands when used as a receiver.
The only real problem with LenDale's running game is that it takes him an extra step to get moving forward again when he changes direction. He lacks the burst in and out of cuts, and it is something he must work on. He has good long range speed, but takes a bit to reach top speed.
In just three seasons, LenDale White broke the touchdown record at USC. He scored 57 touchdowns in three seasons. His nose for the end zone is second to none. After his excellent career with the Trojans, White is ready to impress in workouts. He has a legitimate shot to be the second running back taken in the draft after his teammate Reggie Bush, but is a first round pick no matter when he comes off the board.
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