Double Duty for the Redskins' 120th Pick

The Redskins wanted a little help in the backfield and a little more at H-back. They say they found one guy who could help them in both areas.

Washington selected UCLA fullback Manuel White Jr., with the 120th pick in the fourth round today. Washington acquired this pick in a trade with Minnesota. The Redskins also picked up the Vikings' fifth-round pick, the 154th overall.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound White rushed for 1,814 yards in his Bruins career, including 764 this past season. He rushed for eight touchdowns this season and 19 for his career.

The Redskins envision White playing both H-back and running back in short-yardage situations. He has solid speed for a big guy, timed at 4.67 seconds in the 40-yard dash. White played some time at H-back at UCLA, though it wasn't much.

''For H-back, he has to be a bright guy and he needs to be a bigger guy who can block,'' Gibbs said, ''and he fits in there. He's very bright. And he can run with the ball, too. He's a goal-line guy who can knock people back.''

The Redskins worked out White once more this past week, a sure sign of their interest. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair torn meniscus suffered at the Senior Bowl, but said he is now 100 percent.

White also will play on special teams, something he did for his first three seasons at UCLA. His presence doesn't bode well for a player such as Rock Cartwright.

One scouting report suggested White views himself as a tailback. He sees himself as a football player.

''I'll do whatever it takes to help the team,'' White said. ''As long as I can contribute I'm all for it. . . . I'm very excited.''


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