“[Buffaloes head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre told me to just workout this summer and work with Matt [McChesney at Six Zero Strength],” White said. “And once the fall comes, take three classes [at Community College of Denver], pass all those classes and be back [at CU] in January.”
“My mindset out here is just hungry. I just have to get big because sitting out for a year, I am going to be missing all that football,” he added. “My mindset is just to push myself as hard as I can go.”
A top 10 prospect in the Centennial State coming out of high school in 2013, White played in 11 games, including three starts, during his true freshman season with the Buffaloes. He showed promise as a big safety and appeared to have a bright future. However, his work ethic slipped and White was relegated to mostly a special teams role as a sophomore last season.
“I learned that hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard,” he said. “Everybody up there is either really talented or you have the hard work ethic. Whoever has the work ethic at the end of the day is going to be on the field most of the time. So it is all about hard work.”
Said McChesney, a former CU and NFL lineman: “Evan is a great kid. He just fell on some self-inflicted hard times and he knows that. He has an opportunity now to better his life and better his situation and it would be wrong of me to turn my back on the kid. That's not what I do. … I am going to help Evan as much as I can. And what he puts in is what he will get out.”
White still has his redshirt intact so he would still have two years of eligibility remaining if he re-joins the Buffs in January, like he plans. McChesney said he would not be surprised if White moves to linebacker when he resumes his college career in Boulder.
“My focus right now is just getting big, lifting and putting on as much weight on my body as I can,” White said.
While this has been a set-back for White, he has the right perspective. And he is set to welcome his first child into the world this fall.
“It is definitely a blessing in disguise because I need to just take all this time to work on myself and get better and perform better for my school and my family, just everybody,” he said.