Anthony Rashad White Comes Up Huge

Michigan State junior defensive tackle Anthony Rashad White came up huge in the absence of Kevin Pickelman in the Spartans victory over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.

One of the more unsung players on Michigan State's highly thought of defense is Anthony Rashad White. The former Fort Scott Community College signee now only did a solid job of filling in for the injured Kevin Pickelman with seven total tackles and the game winning play.

"We got the call from coach," said White. "I think it was monster, and Jerel (Worthy) got a good surge off the ball. I followed right behind him, jumped as high as I could and blocked it.

"I knew I had blocked it. I didn't pay any attention if it went forward or backward. I just knew I blocked it, and the game was over."

For White, just getting the start meant two teammates missed time on the field. How did he respect his fallen teammates?

"I told Pick (Kevin Pickelman) and Stray (Jonathan Strayhorn) from the beginning that I owed them," said White. "They helped me out so much. I told Pick I was going to dedicate this game to him, since I owed him. This was a great game."

Following the game White saw how much the teams victory meant for his head coach and the program going forward.

"The facial expressions just say it all, especially from Coach D after the game," said White. "Everyone was just excited. This win shows that we will be ready for next season. We have a lot of players coming back. We'll be ready."

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