What's the deal with LenDale White?
Since the end of the college football season and the onset of the NFL draft this weekend, USC Trojans running back LenDale White has redefined the term "sleeping giant."
He certainly has giant size (6-2, 240-plus) for a running back -- and has, by all accounts, supersized himself even more since his three-touchdown performance against Texas in the Rose Bowl. By his own admission, he topped 250 pounds during the 2005 season.
But to say that White has undistinguished himself in the NFL meat markets would be an understatement. He didn't run the 40 at either the February combine in Indianapolis or his school's Pro Day. He bench-pressed 225 pounds only 14 times (not exactly the performance of a 98-pound weakling, but a bit surprising for a power back). He talked way too much, leading one pro scout to comment: "The kid doesn't know how to be a pro."
In other words, White could write an e-book titled: "How to Cost Yourselves Millions Before the Draft," although it probably wouldn't sell many copies.
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