Shrine Bowl: White To Sit Out Game

ROEBUCK, S.C. -- Johnny White's high ankle sprain proved to be too much for the North Carolina pledge to take. Therefore, White will be sidelined for Saturday's Shrine Bowl.

"I'm not going to play Saturday," said White. "It was my decision, basically."

White, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound tailback from Asheville (N.C.), originally sustained the injury during the third round of the NCHSAA 3A playoffs. He then sat out the fourth round (semi-finals), but came back for the Championship game where he rushed 16 times for 55 yards and a touchdown.

During the first Shrine Bowl practice, White participated in a limited basis. Although he dressed for the four following sessions, White sat the sideline.

Michael Angram, a 5-foot-8 157-pound tailback from East Flat Rock (N.C.) East Henderson, will replace White in North Carolina's backfield.

"They called me yesterday [Tuesday] and I got here late last night," said Angram. "[They told me] to go along with the running backs and try to learn the plays. I'm excited to be here."

Both Angram and White found their names in the top 25 in the state in rushing. White rushed for 1,753 yards and 26 touchdowns on 223 rushes (7.9-yard average), while Angram accumulated 2,289 and 27 touchdowns on 297 carries (7.7-yard average).

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