Johnston White Surprises

Who was surprised by the season Arkansas State Red Wolves freshmen running back Johnston White had?

“A lot of my teammates, family and people back home,’’ said White, who gained 498 yards on 90 carries

And scored five touchdowns.

“I exceeded my expectations,’’ said the soft-spoken White. “Being a walk-on on and getting early playing time my redshirt freshmen year … I think I did pretty good my freshmen year.”

White’s high-water mark was against Utah State, a 21-14 overtime victory in Jonesboro. In that contest he ran for 100 yards on 18 carries. That was a week after he gained 83 yards on 14 carries in a loss at Miami. He finished the season with 110 yards on 12 carries vs. New Mexico State.

“I didn’t see myself starting three games,” he said. “I knew I was going to play but I did not think I was going to start. But Utah State, an overtime win, my first 100-yard game. That was a good one for me.”

White got his chance to play with Michael Gordon missing two games because of an injury. He took advantage of the opportunity and proved to be the Red Wolves’ top inside runner.

“When I am in the game I am trying to get a first down,” he said. “I try to get 10 yards every rush or just try to get a first down.

“College really changed me into a north-south runner. In high game the same was slower and I was able to be an elusive back but it has changed now because of the speed and the pace.”