Player capsule: Tim White

Tim White brings elusive athleticism to the fold as a junior college wideout transfer for Arizona State and could wind up as the backup to senior D.J. Foster on the field side.

Player Capsule: Tim White

Position: Wide Receiver

Eligibility: Junior

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 185 pounds

2014 season quick review: White transferred to ASU after playing last season at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California where he had 55 catches, eight of which went for touchdowns, for 667 yards in eight games.

Wide Receivers coach Del Alexander: "I like what I've seen from Tim so far. It was unfortunate that he got hurt and had to miss some time with the (hand) injury because he was coming along well. Just like Devin (Lucien), he has a lot of things you can't teach, and primarily I'm talking about just his overall athleticism and how he moves. It's very well suited for the wide receiver position and he handles himself well out there. Now, he's got a lot that he's still learning and trying to get down, but he's not as behind as a lot of guys are when they come into this level from junior college or high school, and that's a good thing. He should be able to play for us in the rotation and I like what he gives us there."

SunDevilSource.com analysis: White got off to a very good start in ASU's preseason camp and appeared in line to be at worst a second-string option behind senior D.J. Foster at the field side 2-receiver position before suffering what SunDevilSource is reporting as a broken bone in his left hand during the Camp Tontozona scrimmage. White wore a cast for the last two weeks but is expected to have that removed Wednesday and be able to play against Texas A&M.

Physically, White isn't a big guy, generously listed by ASU at 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds (seems a bit leaner than that). But he's an explosive quick twitch type athlete. Most guys as fast and explosive as White are very linear in their movements, as they're stiffer-bodied and not as apt to be able to re-direct and run more nimble routes. But White shows a really good ability to run hitch and go routes and more angled, sharper cutting routes than a lot of guys with his level of speed.

As a result of his athletic type, White is one of the receivers on the team who has the best chance at getting uncovered and finding ways to be open in space for senior quarterback Mike Bercovici. He's probably as much of a deep threat style wise as senior Devin Lucien, but White's got a broad route capability and is an elusive player in space. Will he be able to block and have the type of physicality you'd like for a perimeter receiver given his moderate size? That's a legitimate question mark, as well as how well he'll hold up physically playing at this level, and his overall understanding of the scheme given his relative inexperience. But while others have struggled to get off the line of scrimmage against man coverage, White's quickness off the snap of the ball and ability to get away from press and bump corners has really put him in a position to see the field quite a bit, if healthy.

Projected depth chart status:White's unlikely to elevate to the first-team, but is more athletic with better big play potential than former walk-on Frederick Gammage as a back-up to D.J. Foster at the 2-receiver position. Gammage is extremely sound and reliable so White will have to execute at a high level to earn the reps, but he's got a higher ceiling due to his quickness, speed and elusiveness.


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