Former Wisconsin Badger star James White has been getting some regular reps at Patriots practice recently. New England drafted White in the 4th round (130th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

White was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2010 after leading Wisconsin in rushing with 156 carries for 1,052 yards (6.7-yard average) and 14 touchdowns while grabbing 11 passes for 88 yards (8.0) in 12 games.

In 2011, he saw action in all 14 games and logged 713 yards on 141 rushes (5.1). He missed most of 2012 spring practice with left knee (tear in meniscus) injury. Spent the fall as a backup and was the second-leading rusher with 806 yards on 125 carries (6.4) in 14 games. He was the Badgers' second-leading rusher in 2013 after rushing for 1,444 on 221 carries and 13 touchdowns 13 games, including the first 12 starts of his career. He had 670 career receiving yards, which set the school record for a running back. Had 39 career kickoff returns for 765 yards (19.6-yard average).


White is a controlled runner with a low center of gravity. He has good vision, balance and short bursts through the line. He is a shifty runner and makes efficient cuts to avoid tacklers. He has good speed, finishes runs, and is willing to block in pass protection. He also takes care of the football, fumbling only twice in 754 career touches in college. He also has kickoff-return experience.


At 5-foot-9, 204 pounds, White is undersized with exceptionally short arms (29 in.) and small hands (8 in). His run strength is just adequate with limited power to move the pile or bust through tackles. He struggles at times with pass blocking due to his size.


White is a tough, competitive runner possessing a good football aptitude. He could be a good change-of-pace back or third down option for the Patriots this season, much in the mold of Kevin Faulk. He will never be a featured back in New England.


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