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September 4, 1999 | PAIGE A. LEECH
Everyone knows the game plan for Valencia High's football team: Manuel White left. Manuel White right. Manuel White up the middle. But considering the size of quarterback Zack Sapp, a 5-foot-7, 150-pound junior, Valencia might see more eight-man defensive fronts than any team in the region. "I think we will and we're counting on that," Coach Brian Stiman said. "In fact, we're looking forward to seeing some eight-man fronts. "It's like Hart.
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September 14, 2004 | Pete Thomas, Times Staff Writer
When the UCLA Bruins opened the season 10 days ago against Oklahoma State, it took only two carries for Manuel White Jr. to prove there were no aftereffects from a freak shoulder injury that made him sit out the final five games last season. On his first carry against the Cowboys, he sprinted around the left end for nine yards. On the second, after a collision with defenders at the line of scrimmage, he ran for eight yards with several of them clinging to his waist and shoulders.
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November 20, 1997 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Manuel White remembers watching the run during film session the day after the game. The Valencia High running back ran a sweep left against Burbank, but was bumped back to the right and zigzagged up the field for an apparent 80-yard touchdown. A clipping call nullified the play, but, in a season filled with memorable runs by White, that one remains his favorite. "It was like somebody was playing a video game," White said. "I just kept cutting back and forth, back and forth across the screen."
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October 7, 2003 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
It was a simple swing pass to the left flat in the first quarter of the game at Oklahoma on Sept. 20, a 10-yard gain that was quickly lost amid the hail of Sooner punt returns for touchdowns that highlighted Oklahoma's 59-24 victory over UCLA.
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January 6, 2000 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Manuel White of Valencia High ever aspired to be the region's all-time leading rusher, it was his secret to keep. White, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tailback who is headed to UCLA, did not talk about personal goals or triumphs. Not before, during or even after the season. But his legs spoke volumes. White, who rushed for at least 100 yards in 31 games and more than 200 yards in 16, became only the third player in region history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards.
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August 28, 1998 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The veins in Manuel White's neck bulge and he lets out a guttural groan as he bench-presses 205 pounds for the 10th time. "That last one was tough," said White, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior running back for Valencia High. After an hour in the weight room, it's off to College of the Canyons to run bleachers for half an hour. After that he goes home for an hour of swimming pool exercises. Later that night, White, the top running back in the region, will work out for three hours at a 24-hour gym.
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November 14, 1998 | STEVE GALLUZZO
Manuel White rushed for 256 and four touchdowns in 25 carries to help Valencia High defeat Saugus, 47-27, and secure second place in the Foothill League on Friday night at College of the Canyons. White scored on runs of 52, two, five and six yards, but also lost two fumbles. The game was delayed for nearly 30 minutes in the second quarter because of a power failure that caused three of the stadium's four banks of lights to go out.
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November 15, 1997 | PETER YOON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Like the full moon that crested in an amber glow over the foothills Friday night, the Valencia High football team is on the rise. The Vikings' brightest star, sophomore running back Manuel White, led the Vikings to a convincing 34-13 victory over Canyon at Canyon High, clinching second place in the Foothill League for the Vikings in just their second season in the league. White had a career-high 300 yards and two touchdowns in 39 carries.
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September 11, 1999 | STEVE GALLUZZO
Manuel White rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns in 28 carries to lead Valencia High past Highland, 27-13, in a nonleague season opener Friday night at Highland. But the Vikings may have lost their starting quarterback in the process. The game was delayed nearly 20 minutes in the third quarter after Zack Sapp injured his right leg while being tackled on an option play. The junior was examined by a doctor on the field and driven back to Santa Clarita for X-rays.
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November 6, 1999 | FRANK CARULLI
Manuel White rushed for 150 yards and five touchdowns in 14 carries to help the Valencia High clinch a Southern Section playoff berth with a 47-20 Foothill League victory over host Canyon on Friday night. White, who needs 53 yards to reach 6,000 for his career, scored on runs of 13, 19, 11, one and 25 yards on five consecutive possessions. "I don't even think about the 6,000-yard milestone," said White, whose team is assured of at least third place and a spot in the Division III playoffs.
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September 14, 2003 | Robyn Norwood, Times Staff Writer
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.
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November 5, 2002 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
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.
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October 3, 2002 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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September 25, 2002 | Steve Henson
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.
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April 29, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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July 23, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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October 3, 2002 | STEVE HENSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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April 29, 2001 | SAM FARMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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."
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June 9, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once again, Manuel White finds himself surrounded by Hart High football players. For a change, it is not a nightmare, nor a flashback to Hart stuffing the Valencia High running back. This time, the UCLA-bound White doesn't mind being on the same field as Pat Norton, an all-state linebacker from Hart who always seemed to be blocking White's path. That's because White and five Hart players are on the same team in the East-West All-Star game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Cal State Northridge.
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January 6, 2000 | PAIGE A. LEECH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Manuel White of Valencia High ever aspired to be the region's all-time leading rusher, it was his secret to keep. White, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound tailback who is headed to UCLA, did not talk about personal goals or triumphs. Not before, during or even after the season. But his legs spoke volumes. White, who rushed for at least 100 yards in 31 games and more than 200 yards in 16, became only the third player in region history to rush for more than 6,000 career yards.
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