Meet the New Mids: Fullbacks

GoMids.com continues its look at this year's new freshman class by position. The Mids have excellent talent and depth at fullback with Noah Copeland, Chris Swain, Quinton Singleton and Quentin Ezell. This year there is only one new B-back, Shawn White, joining the program. GoMids.com will look at new B-back Shawn White.

GoMids.com continues its look at this year's new freshman class by position. The Mids have excellent talent and depth at fullback with Noah Copeland, Chris Swain, Quinton Singleton and Quentin Ezell. This year there is only one new B-back, Shawn White, joining the program. GoMids.com will look at new B-back Shawn White.

Shawn White ended last season as the starting B-back at the Naval Academy Prep School. White is a classic big fullback from Matanzas high school in Florida. Shawn (6-0, 235) was a three year starter in high school who played on both sides of the ball. As a sophomore he played linebacker and was moved into the starting lineup as a running back at midseason. He carried the ball 84 times for 490 yards for a 5.8 yards per carry average and scored eight touchdowns. His last two seasons he played both running back and defensive end. He was named co-captain for his senior year. In 2011 White carried the ball 127 times for 867 yards, a 6.8 rushing average and scored 15 touchdowns. At defensive end Shawn recorded 73 tackles, had seven sacks and made five fumble recoveries. White ended his high school career playing in the North Florida Shriners All-Star game. In the All-Star game White ran 13 times for 62 yards and scored three touchdowns. As a defensive end he made seven tackles and pressured the quarterback two times. He was named the game's Most Valuable Player for his offensive performance.

In Naval Academy Prep School's opener against Dean College he demonstrated his strength and ability to move the pile. In a game against prep powerhouse Nassau Community College, the NAPS offense struggled to get their ground game established. Nassau Community did a great job defending the NAPS option attack focusing on taking away the fullback. They limited White to just 46 rushing yards on 16 carries. White's longest run all day was just seven yards. Shawn ripped off a season long 65-yard run in the 25-20 victory over Bridgton Academy. That run set up a NAPS touchdown and helped get the Rams get back in the game. White grinded out tough yards in the close victory over Navy JV. In the finale against the United States Military Academy Prep School he carried the ball eight times for 42 yards. He scored on a key 6-yard touchdown run during NAPS second half comeback.

White looks the part of a Navy fullback getting off the bus. He is a big, tough punishing fullback who has good feet for his size despite only average speed for a Navy fullback. White runs the forty yard dash in 4.78 seconds. Shawn is a burly, thick heavy leg runner who runs hard and can break tackles. White, who isn't shy about taking on linebackers, has good balance and can slide at times laterally to slip tacklers. He does have a tendency to run too high. White needs to focus on keeping his pad level lower at the mesh. He possesses good hands and can catch and adjust to the ball in the air out of the backfield. He's a solid football player but lacks the speed and overall run skills current B-backs like Noah Copeland and Chris Swain possess. White could potentially transition to inside linebacker or defensive end if the staff ever decides to move him from B-back. He had offers from Georgia Southern, Jacksonville, Jacksonville State and Mars Hill before committing to Navy.

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