White Talks Diaz Hire

Before Chris White went on the NFL, he earned his stripes in the Southeastern Conference. Before Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots, there was Manny Diaz and the Mississippi State Bulldogs. A member of the 2010 Bulldog squad that put Mississippi State football back on the map, White knows all about playing for Diaz. Needless to say, White is thrilled with Diaz' return to Starkville.

"I think this is probably the best thing that could have happened for Mississippi State and for those players," said White on Monday evening. "I know the players are going to love playing for him. He is a players' coach and he is going to help them all get better. He will look out for them and help them become better men and better football players."

Now in his fourth season in the National Football League, White looks back on his senior season at Mississippi State with fondness.

"Coach Diaz taught me a lot and we had a great defense that year (2010)," White explained. "He brings a lot of energy to the defense and he knows what he's doing. That's probably the thing about him that I remember the most. He knows what he's doing."

As a senior, White recorded a team best 110 tackles and 15.5 tackles for loss. A team high six sacks only added to a strong resume that earned White the 2010 Conerly Trophy awarded to the state of Mississippi's top college football player.

The 2010 Bulldogs were especially stingy holding seven opponents to just one second half score or fewer, including shutting out eventual BCS champion Auburn over the final two quarters of a Thursday night affair.

"He sees the field really well from the sideline," White said of Diaz. "He knows what he's doing and he can see things out there and then make adjustments to stop it. He really sees everything out there and he always had a plan."

White is preparing for New England's playoff game this weekend, but was eager to spend some talking about the big day back in Starkville.

"Coach Diaz is going to do a great job," said White. "I am not sure they could have found anyone better. I know how much I enjoyed playing for him. We've stayed in touch some over the years and I am really glad he's back at Mississippi State. I'm really excited about all of this."

Chris White was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL draft. After two seasons with the Bills, White was traded to Detroit and then eventually claimed by New England where he is in his second season with the Patriots.

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