Johnny White (American football)

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Johnny White
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Position: Running back
Personal information
Born: (1988-02-03) February 3, 1988 (age 30)
Asheville, North Carolina
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 133
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rush Attempts: 19
Rush Yards: 64
Rush Average: 3.4
Touchdowns: 0
Player stats at

Johnny White (born February 3, 1988) is a former American football running back. White played college football for the North Carolina Tar Heels. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 5th round, 133rd Overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

White attended Asheville High School in Asheville, North Carolina. He started just two seasons at tailback and rushed for 5,133 yards to break a 63-year-old school record previously held by legendary Carolina back Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice. He rushed for 1,855 yards on 207 carries and scored 31 touchdowns as a senior. Also had 10 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown. Rushed for 55 yards despite an injured ankle in Asheville's 13-10 victory over Western Alamance in the 2005 3-A state championship game. He was named the Asheville Citizen-Times All-Western North Carolina Player of the Year.

Considered a three-star recruit by, he was ranked the nation's No. 11 all-purpose back.[1] He committed to North Carolina over other scholarship offers from South Carolina and Arkansas.

College career[edit]

After redshirting in 2006, White rushed for 399 yards on 95 carries as a redshirt freshman in 2007. He also caught 15 passes for 159 yards. In 2008, he played cornerback for the first seven games before returning to running back where he played in 2007. He also led the team with 379 kickoff return yards and had a 25.3 average per return. In 2009, he played primarily on offense and special teams. He rushed for 143 yards and a score on 19 carries and caught seven passes for 66 yards and a TD on the season.

As a senior in 2010, Johnny White was converted back to running back for the Tar Heels. White was on pace to surpass the 1,000 yard rushing mark during the 2010 season, but his season was cut short to an injury.[2] He finished his season with 130 carries for 720 yards and seven touchdowns, all team highs. He also had 24 receptions for 288 yards.

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Considered a mid-round pick by NFL scouts, White was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the 5th round, 133rd Overall in 2011 NFL Draft.

Green Bay Packers[edit]

On October 15, 2012, White was claimed off waivers by the Green Bay Packers after the Packers' running back depth was decreasing due to the team having to place two players on the injured reserve list in as many weeks. White was placed on Injured Reserve by the Packers on December 5, 2012 to make room for veteran running back Ryan Grant. White was released with an injury settlement on December 27, 2012.[3]


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  2. ^ Allen, Wilson (April 30, 2011). "Bills add depth at RB". The Buffalo News. Retrieved April 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ White, Johnny (January 1, 2013). "Rotoworld Player Profile". NBC Sports. Retrieved January 8, 2013.