Healthy-again White no longer forgotten man of Tide’s receiving corps
Think everyone remembers him now.
The 6-foot, 190-pound junior leads Alabama in touchdown receptions this season with three and is second to only Christion Jones in both receptions (15) and receiving yards (212). And his one-handed circus catch in the end zone last Saturday against Georgia State? That may have been the biggest ‘wow’ play of Alabama’s season thus far.
“That was a fantastic catch he made in the end zone for a touchdown,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said this week of White, who finished last Saturday’s game with four receptions for 45 yards and the aforementioned TD. “But DeAndrew is one of the guys on the team that really works hard in practice and is really focused on improvement. He really buys into doing things the way that you need to do it. And I think it’s showing in his production as a player.”
In actuality, producing for White is nothing new. He was doing it for Alabama in a big way last season before he suffered a season-ending knee injury. As a starting wide receiver for the Tide through the first five games of the 2012 season, White caught eight passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Four of those receptions went for first downs and two of those catches went for 15 yards or more.
He got injured against Ole Miss and sort of faded into the receiving corps background — especially with the emergence of Amari Cooper late last season.
“I think a lot of people forget sometimes that DeAndrew was playing really well for us last year before he got injured in the fifth game of the season,” Saban said. “So we have a lot of confidence in him. He’s a very explosive player, and we really like the way he’s going about his work right now.”
As a redshirt freshman in 2011, White, a native of Houston, Texas and a four-star prospect coming out of high school, had 14 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
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