White working to become technician

ATHENS – Charles White wasn't where he wanted to be during the season.

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The redshirt freshman was on the sideline watching Georgia play – something that, like any newcomer, took a little getting used to.

"This year has been a growing process for me – it certainly has built character," said White. "But the great thing is that we are winning. At the end of the day that's what it's all about. It's a lot bigger than me."

Indeed it was bigger than White – the Bulldogs ended 2007 win an 11-2 season, winning the Sugar Bowl along the way. The team played many true freshmen, and it appeared early this season that White may have been one of those in line to get playing time, but it was not meant to be.

"After I tore the arch of my foot I knew I wouldn't play this season," said White. "It just set me too far behind, but I think everything happens for a reason. God is in control, and I am moving forward."

The injury was difficult for White to take, however. He seemed on the way to the backup outside linebacker spot – taking snaps from future starter Marcus Washington during fall camp. White has tried not to look backwards – after recovering from the injury he decided to take his performance to a new level. Still, the redshirt freshman admits that has been a difficult thing to do.

"This has been an excellent year," he said. "I really think I have gotten a lot better since I go here. My big thing is to not take a step back, to keep going forward and get my hand, feet and technique better, and to play with more intensity. I have gotten a lot better, but I am not sure I've gotten the hang of it yet. The big thing, again, is for me not to take a step back. I don't want to make the same mistake twice. I know what I need to do. The entire fall has been a learning process for me. College life is a whole different ball game. You are dealing with world-class athletes. The level of practice I have to deal with in practice every day just to be on par with everyone else was a step up for me. That was the best thing that could have happened to me because it's elevated my game."

White needs to find a way to get onto the field in a very competitive linebacker rotation which includes good friend Rennie Curran. White says seeing Curran play in the fall was like "watching myself play."

The best memory of the fall? Easy, White said, the Auburn game.

"The Blackout was one of the things I will remember most," he said.

White was there in jersey, but could not play because he was sitting the season out. His goal this spring is to make it so that he must be played next fall.

"My motivation is to become a technician. My ability to read guards, linemen, pass or run – I want to work at my craft. I want to work on my game. Next year when I have my chance to play I want to be ready," White said.

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