October 6, 2010

White lighting it up as a senior

Chris White not only had to make the move to middle linebacker for Mississippi State this year but also had to learn an entirely new defense under new coordinator Manny Diaz.

But the senior captain of the Bulldogs has excelled at both currently standing second in tackles and leading the team in sacks with the new attacking scheme.

"I'm blitzing a whole lot more but that's just what (the defense) calls for me to do," White said. "We like to have a lot of five man pressures and just get after the quarterback which is what we've been doing. I love to blitz. Sometimes it's not fun when you have to take on the guard and the center but other than that it's pretty nice."

White has 35 stops on the year including 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. He has also registered a pass deflection and a quarterback hurry.

The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder finished third on the team in tackles last season at outside linebacker before moving inside to replace the departed Jamar Chaney, now with the Philadelphia Eagles.

White has started all 17 games of his Bulldog career totaling 110 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery.

The former three-star prospect came to MSU after an All-American career at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He led the Bulldogs to back-to-back MAJC state championships recording 204 total tackles, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries - three of which he returned for touchdowns.

White also won a ring leading Gulf Coast to a national championship as a freshman.

The Vancleave, Miss., native was recruited by Southern Miss out of high school and had another offer from South Alabama but is happy he decided to come to State.

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