After playing as a true freshman and sophomore with the Buffaloes, White was dismissed from the team last winter. He was given a path to get back in the good graces of the program, and White has done everything to do exactly that.
White will enroll back at CU on January 11 with two years to play two. He saw action at safety in 12 games as an underclassman, and recorded a total of 37 special teams points during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
The Buffs' coaches have kept in regular contact with White during his sabbatical this year.
“They are just really excited to have me back once this season is over because they are going to be losing a lot of people on defense. They feel I can help them out,” he said.
At 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, White is about five pounds heavier than when he left Boulder. Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has talked to White about the possibility of playing closer to the line of scrimmage, similar to the role Ryan Moeller has played for the Buffs this season.
He has been continued to workout with former Buff and former NFL lineman Matt McChesney, and his brother Zack, since BuffStampede.com previously caught up with White at Six Zero Strength in the summer.
“We're doing everything, honestly,” White said when asked to detail his workouts with the McChesney brothers. “We do a lot of endurance stuff, a lot of power lifts, and on Sunday we do defensive back drills with a couple other players that also workout there.”
White attended every CU home game this fall, watched every away game on television, and is set to fly out to San Antonio later this month to watch the Buffs battle Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
“Just watching every game, it is a different perspective than actually being on the field. It makes me feel like I need to do a lot more than I was doing, stop being timid on the field,” White said.
“It has been crazy watching them. I have enjoyed watching them play and win so many games,” he added. “When I got there, we were young. Everybody has grown and matured and bonded together. Everybody in the program knows each other a lot better now.”
White also recently welcomed a child into the world. His son Kanon is two-and-a-half months old.
“It is real cool to have him around. It is different, I don't know how to explain it,” he said. “It is just wild to have him in this world with us. It has been real healthy. It has been pretty great.”
When White returns to Boulder next month, he will resume work to finish his degree in Sociology.
Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre often says, “No conflict, no story.” White has worked his way through adversity, and now has a chance to create a happy ending at CU.