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Name: Mike White (Transfer from South Florida)
College: Western Kentucky     Number: 14
Height: 6-4   Weight: 221
Position: QB  Pos2:   Class/Draft Year: rSr/2018
40 Low: 4.78
  40 Time: 4.87
   40 High: 4.98

Projected Round: 2-3      Stock: 
Rated number 7 out of 115 QB's     82 / 2381 TOTAL
Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6041
Weight: 221

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Dates: 03/30/18
Hand: 09 3/8  Arm: 32 5/8
Wingspan: 77 5/8

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Weight: 221

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 Data Scout Notes: 2017: 2ndC...PMaxwell...**2016: NewcomerOYC/2ndC...3* South Florida Transfer...2014: NA...2013: NA
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  Mike White
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
Quarterback
6-3, 225, 4.87, #14
Pembroke Pines, Florida
University High School
Born July 26, 1995


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  01/27/18 - QB Mike White played the role of star quarterback early on at the Senior Bowl after Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen dominated the conversation throughout the week of practice. White completed 8 of 11 passes overall for 128 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Central Florida's Tre'Quan Smith in which the quarterback froze the safety, gazing down the middle before turning to his left and delivering a strike on the slant to his slot receiver. White also completed impressive throws to the perimeter, standing tall against a collapsing pocket to complete out routes to the sideline, including two to Smith. His most impressive throw of the day came in the first quarter with a perfectly lofted deep ball up the left sideline to Chark for a gain of 63 yards, approximately 50 of which came through the air.

01/04/18 - 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB - Mike White, Gr-Sr., WKU,...Quarterback Mike White was voted to the Second Team for the second-consecutive year, after producing 79.8 percent of WKU's total offense through the air. He passed for 3,826 yards with 24 touchdowns compared to only seven interceptions. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native threw for 300-plus yards in each of the past seven games, with 22 touchdowns in that span. Since 2016, White's 8,189 yards and 622 completions are the second-most nationally.


 Overview

  …White took an unconventional route to becoming one of the nation's top senior quarterbacks, focusing on baseball throughout his childhood and only earning the starting signal-caller job as a senior in high school.

But what a senior year it was; White guided University High to a 13-0 record and 3A championship in the talent-rich state of Florida by completing nearly 70% of his passes with 22 touchdowns against just two interceptions and earning the Florida Player of the Year.

The immediate success that he enjoyed in football forced White to reconsider his athletic goals. Spurning interest from Major League Baseball scouts after an equally brilliant prep career as a pitcher, White opted to sign with the South Florida Bulls and then-head coach Willie Taggart.

Taggart, now the head coach at Florida State, recognized the young quarterback's potential and pushed him into the starting lineup as a true freshman. Success for both would take longer this time around.

White played in six games as a true freshman, starting the final five contests of the 2013 season. He completed over 60% of his passes and threw more touchdowns than interceptions just once during that time - his starting debut against Houston. The Bulls lost all six games with White completing just 53.1% of his passes with three touchdowns against nine interceptions on the year.

"Going through the fire at 18 years old kind of makes a man out of you," White told reporters prior to the 2017 season. "My first start as a freshman, 18 years old, was my 14th-ever football game. I made a lot of mistakes and learned a lot from them. I think that's what makes me the kind of player I am today. I've made all the necessary mistakes you've got to learn from and gain experience from."

From both a victory and statistical standpoint, White and the Bulls were only incrementally better in his second season. He helped South Florida double its win total from the previous season to a record of 4-8 in 2014, completing 50.4% of his passes for 1,639 yards and eight touchdowns against seven interceptions. At the end of the year, however, Taggart announced his intentions to change the offense to one built around a dual-threat quarterback, a scheme that did not fit White's skill-set.

In part due to a burgeoning friendship developed with then-Western Kentucky standout quarterback Brandon Doughty, White opted to transfer to the Hilltoppers, sitting out the 2015 season per NCAA guidelines.

With the help of star wide receiver Taywan Taylor and left tackle Forrest Lamp, Doughty flourished in head coach Jeff Brohm's up-tempo spread attack at Western Kentucky, earning a seventh round selection by the Miami Dolphins in 2015. Given his previous starting experience and year spent learning the offense, there was cautious optimism within the program that White could keep WKU atop the hill in Conference USA hill. Few, however, expected that he would actually duplicate Doughty's success.

He didn't. White instead improved upon it, leading an offensive attack that led the FBS in points per game (45.5) and setting a school record with a 181.39 passer rating while completing 280 of 416 passes (67.3%) for 4,363 yards with 37 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. The Hilltoppers went 11-3 on the season, capping it off with a 51-31 win over Memphis in the Boca Raton Bowl with White completing 20 of 30 passes for 336 yards and three touchdowns (with an interception) in a victorious return to his home state of Florida.

Unfortunately for White and the Hilltoppers, things did not go as well in 2017 with Brohm leaving for Purdue and both Taylor (Tennessee Titans) and Lamp (Los Angeles Chargers) ascending to the NFL. Focusing on shorter passes in a timing scheme under new head coach (and former Notre Dame offensive coordinator) Mike Sanford, White's production dipped slightly (4,177 yards passing and 26 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions) despite completing 128 more passes than the year before in Brohm's vertical attack. Struggling to run the ball effectively or protect White, the Hilltoppers barely qualified for the postseason at 6-6 over the regular season and lost to Georgia State 27-17 in the AutoNation Cure Bowl. White earned Second Team All-Conference USA honors and showed more athleticism than in previous seasons, rushing for six touchdowns in 2017 after never scoring on the ground previously in his college career.

BACKGROUND
South Florida transfer... White prepped for Roger Harriott at University School and was named the 3A Florida Player of the Year as a senior. He finished fifth in the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football voting and was a second-team 3A all-state selection by The Associated Press. White was named the Broward County Player of the Year and a first-team all-Broward pick by the Miami Herald as he completed 176-of-256 passes (68.8%) for 2,201 yards, 22 TDs and just two INTs. He led University to a 13-0 record and the 3A state championship and anchored an offense that posted 346.2 yards and 39.8 points per game. He went 22-of-31 for 282 yards and two TDs in the Sun's state-title victory over Madison County/ White was also a standout baseball player and was named a Louisville Slugger All-American as a junior. He earned first-team all-Broward honors from the Miami Herald as a pitcher, going 9-2 with a 0.43 ERA.


 Analysis

  …STRENGTHS
Possesses a solid frame with good overall weight distribution with no significant injuries sustained over four seasons as a starting quarterback. Rhythm passer with a quicker, more compact release in 2017 than in previous seasons... Possesses plenty of arm strength to make every NFL throw, including the requisite deep out from the opposite hash. Good touch on bucket throws, especially on post-corners, fades and deep balls, lofting the ball with enough trajectory to allow receivers to run underneath. Throws a very catchable ball with a tight spin that makes it easy to track and secure. Above average overall accuracy, rarely forcing receivers to adjust and often hitting them in stride to help create yardage after the catch. Can drop his arm slot and throw accurately while off-balance. Good patience in the pocket, showing the willingness to take a hit to allow his receivers time to get open and keeping his eyes downfield even amidst a collapsing pocket. Improved vision, flashing the ability to look off or move defenders with his eyes. Confident passer willing to test tight windows... Underrated athlete with enough mobility to buy time, rollout to his left or right and complete passes on the move and scramble, when necessary, rushing for six touchdowns in 2017... Good awareness of the yardage required, extending the ball to hit the pylon or to keep the chains moving... Ideal intangibles for the position... Voted a team captain and was one of 30 candidates nationally for the Senior CLASS award, which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies community, class, character and competition. Was the first male in his family to earn his degree... -- Rob Rang 1/6/2018

WEAKNESSES
Still learning some of the finer points of the position, too often staring down his primary target and throwing with an elongated, baseball-influenced wind-up - each of which tip off the defense as to his intentions. Caught in the headlights a bit in 2017, needing to do a better job of "feeling" pressure, too often absorbing sacks or failing to secure the ball because of a slow internal clock... Made too many pre-determined reads, focusing on his favorite targets despite double coverage and needing to do better job of distributing the ball all over the field to find easier avenues. At times overly confident in his ability to squeeze passes through tight coverage. Faced below average competition with just three touchdowns and seven interceptions thrown in nine games versus Power Five opponents while at WKU and USF, all losses... - Rob Rang 1/6/2018

COMPARES TO: Trevor Siemian, Broncos - With some suggesting that his production in Northwestern's spread offense would not translate into the NFL, Siemian was the final quarterback selected in the 2015 draft (250th overall pick) but he has out-played that position since, throwing for 30 touchdowns (against 24 interceptions) as a part-time starter and often-used backup in Denver. White possesses a stronger arm than Siemian (and therefore should earn a higher pick in 2018) with a similar chance to surprise as a "diamond in the rough."


 Career Notes

  A two-year starter and All-Conference performer for the Hilltoppers, White led WKU to the 2016 Conference USA Championship, the 2016 Boca Raton Bowl Championship and threw for 8,540 yards and 63 touchdowns in the red and white. White is one of only two quarterbacks in school history to have multiple passing seasons of over 4,000 yards and his career quarterback rating of 158.1 is second in program history.

White's ability to make smart decisions with the football was one of his trademarks on The Hill as evidenced by his school-record marks of 161 consecutive passing attempts without an interception and 14 consecutive completions in a game. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native becomes WKU's second consecutive starting quarterback to attend the NFL Combine, following in the footsteps of former signal caller Brandon Doughty who attended the 2016 combine before becoming a draft selection of the Miami Dolphins. He is also the fifth Hilltopper in the past three seasons to attend the NFL's top annual scouting event.


 2017 Season

  The graduate senior White produced 79.8 percent of WKU's total offense through the air. He passed for 3,826 yards with 24 touchdowns compared to only seven interceptions. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native threw for 300-plus yards in each of the past seven games, with 22 touchdowns in that span. Since 2016, White's 8,189 yards and 622 completions are the second-most nationally.

 2016 Season

  14/14: White had the unenviable task of following up WKU’s all-everything quarterback in Brandon Doughty and responded in dynamic fashion, leading an offensive attack that led the FBS in points per game (45.5) and was No. 3 in passing efficiency (174.87), No. 5 in total offense (523.1) and No. 5 in passing offense (336.8). White finished his first campaign on The Hill No. 3 nationally in passing efficiency (181.4) and passing yards per completion (15.58) - both the top marks in Conference USA. White completed 280-of-416 passes for 4,363 yards with 37 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. White’s eight games of 300 yards or more passing were fifth-most nationally and his 76 completions of 68 yards or more were second-most nationally. He led the nation in passing completions of 30 yards (44) and 40 yards (24) or more. White joined Doughty as the only quarterbacks in school history to eclipse the 4,000 yard mark in a season while his 181.39 passer rating set a single-season school record. White had a completion percentage of 65-percent or better in eight games, and against C-USA opponents, he was even more lethal, completing 71.1 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns to just two interceptions.

 2015 Season

  2015 (Jr.): White sat out the season due to NCAA transfer requirements.

 2014 Season

  White starteed 10 games for the South Florida Bulls. His best outing came at Houston on Halloween, 2014, when he threw for 311 yards on 26-of-41 passing with two touchdowns..

 2013 Season

  After being courted by Major League Baseball out of hight school, , White gained attention as a true freshman quarterback for the south Florida Bulls.
He played in six games as a freshman, starting the final five. r.


 High School

  … White prepped for Roger Harriott at University School and was named the 3A Florida Player of the Year as a senior. He finished fifth in the Florida Dairy Farmers Mr. Football voting and was a second-team 3A all-state selection by Associated Press. White was named the Broward County Player of the Year and a first-team all-Broward pick by the Miami Herald as he completed 176-of-256 passes (68.8%) for 2,201 yards, 22 TDs and just two INTs. He led University to a 13-0 record and the 3A state championship and anchored an offense that posted 346.2 yards and 39.8 points per game. He went 22-of-31 for 282 yards and two TDs iin the Sun’s state-title victory over Madison County. White was also a standout baseball player and was named a Louisville Slugger All-American as a junior. He earned first-team all-Broward honors from the Miami Herald as a pitcher, going 9-2 with a 0.43 ERA.

 
 Draft Scout Player News
01/27/18 - QB Mike White played the role of star quarterback early on at the Senior Bowl after Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen dominated the conversation throughout the week of practice. White completed 8 of 11 passes overall for 128 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to Central Florida's Tre'Quan Smith in which the quarterback froze the safety, gazing down the middle before turning to his left and delivering a strike on the slant to his slot receiver. White also completed impressive throws to the perimeter, standing tall against a collapsing pocket to complete out routes to the sideline, including two to Smith. His most impressive throw of the day came in the first quarter with a perfectly lofted deep ball up the left sideline to Chark for a gain of 63 yards, approximately 50 of which came through the air.
01/04/18 - 2017 CONFERENCE USA FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB - Mike White, Gr-Sr., WKU,...Quarterback Mike White was voted to the Second Team for the second-consecutive year, after producing 79.8 percent of WKU's total offense through the air. He passed for 3,826 yards with 24 touchdowns compared to only seven interceptions. The Pembroke Pines, Fla., native threw for 300-plus yards in each of the past seven games, with 22 touchdowns in that span. Since 2016, White's 8,189 yards and 622 completions are the second-most nationally. - Western Kentucky Football
11/20/17 - NOV 20 CONFERENCE USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WKU senior QB Mike White completed 39-of-54 passes for 485 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in WKU's 41-38 victory over rival Middle Tennessee that made the Hilltoppers bowl-eligible. The 485 passing yards is the most by a Conference USA quarterback in 2017 (61 more than the next-closest performance) and the ninth-most by an FBS quarterback this season. Middle Tennessee came into the game with the No. 32 pass defense in the nation, allowing 194 yards per game thru the air, and White passed for 485. He completed 14 consecutive passes to begin the game, setting the all-time WKU program record. White threw a 93-yard touchdown to Lucky Jackson in the fourth quarter, the third-longest passing play in WKU history and the second-longest passing play in Conference USA this season. He threw for five TD passes with no interceptions for the third time this season (no other Conference USA quarterback has done so once), with each of the five going to a different WKU receiver. - Conference USA Football
10/21/17 - Mike White threw five touchdown passes for the second straight game and Western Kentucky scored 14 straight points in the fourth quarter to rally past Old Dominion 35-31 on Friday night. WKU pulled to 31-28 on Nacarius Fant's 9-yard touchdown catch with 9:03 left in the fourth. On Old Dominion's next offensive play, Drell Greene returned an interception 13 yards, and Quin Jernighan scored on a 30-yard touchdown grab for a four-point lead. ODU's Ray Lawry fumbled with 2:21 remaining on fourth-and-1, but the Monarchs got the ball back near midfield with 35 seconds left. Steven Williams' Hail Mary attempt as time expired was intercepted by Leverick Johnson in the end zone. White was 24 of 34 for 304 yards and Jernighan had a team-high 81 yards receiving for Western Kentucky (5-2, 3-1 Conference USA). Cameron Echols-Luper, Deon Yelder and Jacquez Sloan also scored on passes from White. Williams, a 17-year-old, was intercepted three times in the fifth straight loss for Old Dominion (2-5, 0-3). Lawry, who missed four games with an injury, ran for a season-high 166 yards and three touchdowns. - AP College Football
10/14/17 - Mike White tied a career high with five touchdowns passing and ran for one to lead Western Kentucky past struggling Charlotte 45-14 on Saturday. White threw touchdown passes to Deon Yelder, Kylen Towner, Mik'Quan Deane, Nacarius Fant and Jacquez Sloan. The scores marked the first career touchdowns for Deane, Sloane and Towner. After White's 8-yard pass to Yelder, Aaron McAllister ended a 10-play, 80-yard drive for Charlotte with a 9-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7. White followed with a 59-yard touchdown pass to Towner and Western Kentucky (4-2, 2-1 Conference USA) led the rest of the way. Early in the second quarter, White added a 2-yard rushing touchdown to make it 21-7. Charlotte (0-7, 0-3) ended its scoring for the day, when on the next drive, McAllister ran 89-yards to score to bring the 49ers to within 21-14. McAllister had 22 carries for 157 yards. The Hilltoppers had a season-high 627 yards of offense. White was 33-for-47 passing for 398 yards. - AP College Football

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