Monday, February 13, 2012
Pac-12 Top 25 for 2011: No. 21
By Kevin Gemmell
Our countdown of the Pac-12's top-25 players continues.
You can see Ted Miller's preseason top 25 here.
21. John White IV, RB, Utah
2011 numbers: White rushed for 1,519 yards, 15 touchdowns and averaged 116.8 yards per game. He also caught 13 balls for a pair of touchdowns.
Preseason ranking: Unranked.
Making the case for White: In a conference loaded with talented running backs -- seven 1,000-yard rushers to be exact -- White was a workhorse with a conference-high 316 attempts. More attempts led to a lower yards-per-carry average (4.8), but he earned every yard. Six times this season he went for at least 150 yards in a game -- including a season-high 205-yard performance against Oregon State -- and he added four multi-touchdown games. It's no surprise that new offensive coordinator Brian Johnson has said that White needs to be the centerpiece of the offense. He had two scores in his major college debut against Montana State, then endeared himself to Utah fans with a three-touchdown performance in a blowout win over rival BYU.
22. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
23. Nickell Robey, CB, USC
24. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
25. David Paulson, TE, Oregon