Utah Utes football: John White IV outpacing the rest of the Pac-12

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  • GoGetter Sandy, UT
    Sept. 26, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Notice how White does he talking on the field and not the media, unlike some famous player at BYU.

    Looking forward to see someone actually improve from greatness already.

    Go Utes!

  • Tomahawk Red North Salt Lake, UT
    Sept. 24, 2011 10:08 p.m.

    D'Anconia | 11:33 a.m. Sept. 22, 2011
    Providence, UT
    I like what I see from John White but he got 117 yards on three plays in garbage time against a mentally weak, physically slow and defeated BYU defense. I'm not going to get too excited with his stats at this point in the season.

    Let's please not act like naive, myopic BYU fans, okay?


    That may be true. But at the same time, you are UNDERestimating White.

    Anyone who has watched all three Ute games so far is able to recognize that White has talent. To question that simply because he racked up yards in garbage time is ignorant as well.

    White is a player. And you will feel stupid for doubting him by season's end.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Sept. 24, 2011 3:56 p.m.

    I have noticed he hits the creases well, can make some guys miss, and is quite fast. However, his size makes him easier to tackle if the defense can get to him. That is why he struggled against USC. Trent Richardson at Bama is a "Thunder" back, John White IV, more like lightning.

    But if the O-line can push back defenders from the likes of UW and UCLA, he should still finish with 1,000 yards, double digit TDs and a nice bowl game.

  • wwookie Payson, UT
    Sept. 23, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    What has made successful running backs is their abilty to get north-south as quickly as possible. John does this well and doesn't try to stretch out his runs towards the sideline. It's great to watch and a very big compliment to our offensive line. Hope the line can stay healthy all season long.

    Go UTES!

  • sheriffcreg SANDY, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 2:20 p.m.

    Utah needs to get a power running back. White is good in the open field, on sweeps and off the blocks of his TEs, but he is not great at getting the extra 2-3 yards up the middle early in the game before the D-Line is worn out.

    He is taking about 80% of the carries. I would like to see him taking more like 40-50% of the carries, and I think he would be more effective to the U-offense.

    I love White, don't get me wrong, but look at his first half stats - He needs the D-Line to be worn down before he can do the real damage. I would like to see someone bigger do that for him, and then I think he could be REALLY dangerous to defenses - Not Reggie Bush or anything, but Bush had someone else to do the dirty work for him, then he got in to make the sideways runs while he was fresh and the other D-Line was worn out.

  • forreal people SLC, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    About the Heisman hopefull coments:

    There is no way a running back from Utah (even if its the nations leading rusher) would ever win a Heisman.

    Get real. MAYBE a QB that lead the nation in stats and was in the process of going undefeted (Alix Smith...), but not a RB.

    Unless he had 2000 yds...

    You've got to be a running back at a well hyped college that has a storied tail back history. USC, Alabama...

    I know utah is part of the big time now, but it will take a while for heisman voters to care.

  • forreal people SLC, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 1:42 p.m.

    LaMichael is great we all know that, he was last years Heisman runner up and Doak Walker award winner. Utah's RB having the most yards, touchdowns and the second best yards-per-attempt is wonderful. This is Utah and J.W.4 was a JC transfer. Things can't get much better than that for Utah.

    I saw J.W.4 fall down (slipped) on a huge run against Montana St. It was like a 30 yrd run and had he not slipped in open space it would have been a 60 yd TD run. I also saw the same thing at BYU about twice. I know he wants those back. The guys got 380yds and that could have been about 480 without those 3 falls.

    He is the most exciting development so far this season (for me).

    I think when he was getting shut down at USC, he was being run between the tackles. Chow knows what he is doing. He stuck with the inside run game at USC and the 1st half at BYU, in both cases it opened up the pass game and lead to some break out runs. Chow has got my trust.

  • U 90 Corona, CA
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:30 p.m.

    Utah Fans should follow Whit's lead... there will be no talk of Heisman or National Championships. Just shut up and let the Utes play on the field speak for itself.

    Would be great to see Duckhunter commenting on this article? Where is the Duck?

  • HappyLDSUte PROVO, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 12:07 p.m.

    I'm sorry, I love JW4 and I think he will be a great running back, but he is not anywhere near Lamichael James. James touches the ball and touchdowns explode out of it. Big indicator? Look at how many carries James has and compare it to John White IV... Love you White, but I would replace you with James in a heartbeat if given the chance.

  • D'Anconia Providence, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 11:33 a.m.

    I like what I see from John White but he got 117 yards on three plays in garbage time against a mentally weak, physically slow and defeated BYU defense. I'm not going to get too excited with his stats at this point in the season.

    Let's please not act like naive, myopic BYU fans, okay?

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    @Chris B

    Talking about Heismans and Rose Bowls is the kind of thing BYU fans do 1/4 of the way into the season. For as much as you dog on BYU fans, you do kind of act like one.

    The Utah thing to say would be, "that's great...now go beat Washington."

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:44 a.m.


    Rose Bowl?

    Could be a phenomenal year.

    Whittingham is a top 5 coach in the country and knows how to get the best out of everyone on the team.

  • Naval Vet Philadelphia, PA
    Sept. 22, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    Wow! The cougars' front 7 sure made White look good last weekend. Prior to that game, White was rated much lower among his conference peers. Now he's a Top-10 tailback. Thanks cougar D-Line!

    Scoreboard! 54-10!

    GO UTES!!!

    Sept. 22, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    I love you White....keep it going and I see NFL writen all over it! Go Utes! See you in the Rose Bowl!

  • Ragnar Danneskjold Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    I think his production will go down as the season goes on and opponents get better. I will guess his average will be about 80 yards/game for the next 9. Respectable, but won't lead the conference. He will make it to the magical 1,000 yard mark. I like to see one feature back. The 2 back system that Utah has run for the last few years is effective, but I think it hurts recruiting (although they have rercruited will in spite of that, so maybe not). RB's want to be THE guy and hit 1,000 yards.
    Overall, I think White is a great back. He accelerates through the gap, is shifty, and has good speed. He "runs angry" which is what coaches like to see. I just hope his small frame doesn't wear down over the season.

    Good luck to John and the Utes. Stay focused on the goal of winning the conference. There won't be any gimmies.

  • TrueUte Holladay, UT
    Sept. 22, 2011 9:20 a.m.

    I am happy for him but we need to get Langi more touches also purchance White goes down.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Sept. 22, 2011 9:10 a.m.

    I expect the running game to get much stronger as the season progresses and the O-line gels. Hopefully Bergstrom can get back quickly.

  • SoCalUtahFan Utesville, CA
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Very happy that Utes has built a good running game--mostly thanks to John White.

    Running was one of the question marks for the Utes this year.
    It looks like the good coaching stafff has solved that.

  • chicagoborn WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:49 p.m.

    Juan Blanco Cuatro!!!

  • Big J Bountiful, UT
    Sept. 21, 2011 9:45 p.m.

    Nice job and keep it going.

    Go Utes!