September 14, 2003 |
Forgive Manuel White if he didn't recognize the oblong object he found in his hands on the first play of UCLA's game against Illinois on Saturday night. It was the football. "At first, I'm not going to lie, I was a little rusty," White said with a sly smile. He shook off the rust rather well, rushing for 102 yards in 18 carries.
November 5, 2002 |
They are the words Manuel White longed to say for the last month: "I can play." The sophomore running back believes he can return Saturday after being sidelined since suffering a pulled hamstring against Oregon State on Oct. 5. "I feel like I'm learning how to play football all over again," he said of the layoff. White ran sprints before practice and carried the ball in non-contact drills. He is working out at tailback and fullback. "I'll do whatever they need me to do," he said.
October 3, 2002 |
UCLA coaches have browsed their extensive menu of offensive backs for a month. The Pacific 10 Conference schedule is looming and it's time to make a choice. Super-size it. Manuel White Jr., a 6-foot-3, 243-pound sophomore, is expected to get most of the carries Saturday against Oregon State, and beyond. With sturdy legs and a purposeful straight-arm, White is poised to become the centerpiece of the Bruin ground game.
September 25, 2002 |
Manuel White is rarely tackled without inflicting punishment on defenders. But the status of two teammates will dictate how often the 240-pound sophomore is able to carry the ball. Reserve fullbacks Pat Norton and J.D. Groves must rebound from injuries to allow White to move from fullback to tailback more often. Norton, a sophomore, played for the first time this season against Colorado after missing two games because of a sprained ankle.
April 29, 2001 |
Manuel White, a UCLA redshirt freshman, doesn't know his own strength. But he's learning. Sometimes, he envisions himself as a smallish, scampering running back rather than a 6-foot-3, 240-pound human bulldozer. "I've got to get out of that mode," he said. "Because obviously I'm not a little back. In high school, I could shake somebody a little bit. But now, everybody's faster and more agile."
July 23, 2000 |
Manuel White, meet the Rose Bowl. White, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back out of Valencia High who will attend UCLA, introduced himself to his future home stadium Saturday night at the first CaliFlorida All-Star football game. Granted, White was playing against recent high school graduates, not the front seven of USC or Washington, but he scored two touchdowns in California's 21-11 victory over Florida before 9,200 fans.