Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah football: John White thinks too much, doesn’t run enough
Utah football » Running back struggles after stellar 2011 season.
First Published Sep 24 2012 04:38 pm • Last Updated Oct 01 2012 11:32 am

John White is hurting and it isn’t just his ankle bothering him.

A dejected-looking White said at Monday’s Utah press conference that Saturday’s 37-7 loss at Arizona State was on him.

At a glance

John White through four games

Then and Now

2011

vs. Montana State » 19 carries, 150 yds., 1 TD

vs. USC » 20 carries, 56 yds., 1 TD

vs. BYU » 22 carries, 174 yds., 3 TDs

vs. Washington » 14 carries, 35 yds., 0 TD

2012

vs. Northern Colorado » 24 carries, 119 yds., 1 TD

vs. Utah State » 27 carries, 96 yds., 0 TD

vs. BYU » DNP (ankle injury)

vs. ASU » 14 carries, 18 yds., 0 TD

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

White rushed 14 times for just 18 yards, his lowest output as a Ute. Bothering him more than his lack of yardage were the two fumbles he had.

One fumble set up ASU’s third scoring drive of the game.

"I’ve got to be smarter and get these guys going," he said. "Me to put the ball on the floor two times, that’s not a good running back. I should not fumble at all and get yards and stuff like that. That is where it started."

White missed the BYU game with an ankle injury he suffered against Utah State but didn’t blame the injury for his struggles.

"I don’t think that had to do with it," he said. "It was me worrying too much about making plays and other things and thinking too much."

A year ago White went from being a little-known running back to the savior of the Utah offense, rushing 316 times for 1,519 yards and 15 touchdowns.

This year has been a different story for the 5-foot-8, 185-pound senior. He was supposed to be just one element in a varied Utah offense.

But he hasn’t been able to get his game going, much less the offense as a whole.


story continues below
story continues below

White has just 233 yards on 65 carries and one touchdown. The touchdown and 119 of his rushing yards came in the season-opening blowout of Northern Colorado.

White admitted he felt pressure to follow his 2011 season with a similar showing this year. Saturday’s struggles only added to what is becoming a season of frustrations for the team captain.

"I feel like I let my team down and didn’t do my job," he said. "I have to work harder."

Utah quarterback Jon Hays wasn’t surprised to hear White was taking the blame for the offensive struggles.

"That is his personality and the type of person he is," he said. "He is disappointed in his performance, but he’ll bounce back."

White didn’t put any blame on Utah’s offensive line, although the line is much younger than it was a year ago and is making more mistakes.

"Everybody has to do their job," he said. "I haven’t done my job so it’s not going to mesh as well if everybody is doing their job."

However, White isn’t the only running back struggling. Backup Kelvin York replaced White Saturday and had 86 yards on 13 carries, but 32 of those yards came on one carry.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said the lack of a run game is his top concern. The Utes are averaging just 107.5 yards a game on the ground, ranking them just 107th nationally.

Next Page >


Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.