Lendale White Proving He Can Carry the Load

The term bust was floating all around LenDale White this offseason. It appeared that even the Titans had lost faith in White when they drafted Chris Henry in the second round of the 2006 draft and re-signed Chris Brown.

Lendale White was very highly touted during his final season at the University of Southern California.  Most draft experts were saying he would be a high first round pick.  Some of those experts were even saying he would be a better pro running back than his college teammate Reggie Bush.  White's stock took a huge hit when he showed up at the combine overweight and with a hamstring injury.  This caused him to fall completely out of the first round.  The Titans felt like they got a huge steal by getting him with the 45th pick.


White had a rough start to his professional career when, in training camp, he spit in the face of teammate Donnie Nickey.  That incident combined with a string of nagging injuries limited White to just 244 yards on 61 carries and 1 touchdown.  He then showed up for the offseason program before this season overweight.  Most people began to write him off a bust.


White is on a mission to prove those people wrong this season, and he is off to a great start.  He is coming off the best game of his career against the Oakland Raiders when he carried the ball 25 times for 133 yards (5.3 yards per carry).  On the season he has 139 carries for 513 yards and 4 touchdowns.  White is developing into the type of running back that Jeff Fisher loves.  Fisher loves a back that can carry the ball 20-25 times a game and wear a defense down.  So far this season, White is averaging just under 20 carries per game and has carried the ball 25, 27 and 25 times in the Titans' last three games respectively.


If White continues on this current pace, he will develop into the star running back the Titans believed he could be when they drafted him, and the word bust will never be associated with his name ever again.   

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