UCLA -- This fifth-year senior is an outstanding all-around back who will play a major role in UCLA`s offensive success in 2004 ... A year ago, UCLA was 6-2 with him in the lineup and 0-5 following his season-ending injury ... He is the heart and soul of the Bruin offensive unit, both on and off the field ... Possesses the ability to play either tailback or fullback in a two-back offense and also functions well as a single back ... He possesses the ability to break tackles, the size and strength to get the tough inside yards and the speed to get around the corner and down the sideline ... He also catches the ball well and has improved his blocking skills ... Enters his senior season with 1,050 career rushing yards and 32 receptions ... He has scored 13 touchdowns -- 11 rushing and two receiving.
2003 -- Started all eight games in which he played ... Played at least 40 snaps seven times, including 64 against Oklahoma and San Diego State, 58 versus Illinois and 57 against Washington ... Ranked third on the team in rushing with 379 yards (he was leading at the time of his injury) and had three touchdowns ... Caught 10 passes for 101 yards ... Missed the final five games of the year with a fractured right scapula suffered in the first half of the Arizona State game ... Did not carry the ball in the season-opener against Colorado ... Rushed 18 times for a career-high 102 yards in the win over Illinois ... In the fourth quarter, he carried on nine of UCLA's 16 scrimmage plays for 40 yards ... Also caught one pass for five yards ... Led the Bruins in rushing at Oklahoma with 66 yards on 19 carries, including an 11-yard scoring burst which gave UCLA a 10-7 lead ... Caught two passes for 19 yards ... Led the Bruins with 48 yards on 16 carries against San Diego State and caught one pass for eight yards ... Led the team in rushing for the fourth straight game with 83 yards on 19 carries from the tailback position against Washington ... His third quarter one-yard touchdown run gave the Bruins the lead for good against the Huskies ... Had a 56-yard gallop late in the fourth quarter which was UCLA's longest offensive play from scrimmage on the day ... Also caught two passes for 18 yards ... Ran for 29 yards on 11 attempts, including a five-yard touchdown on the first drive of the second half at Arizona, and made three receptions for 25 yards ... Ran four times for 14 yards from the fullback position in the win over California ... Started at fullback against Arizona State ... Ran for 37 yards on nine carries and made one reception for 26 yards before being injured late in the first half ... Earned UCLA's N.N. Sugarman award for Best Leadership.
2002 -- Appeared in nine games ... Started the first four games of the season at fullback ... He started the Oregon State game at tailback but was injured in the first quarter ... Finished second on the team in rushing with 381 yards on 85 carries and five touchdowns ... Ranked fourth on the team in receiving with 17 catches for 238 yards and two touchdowns ... Against Colorado State, he scored twice in the fourth quarter on 16-yard runs to clinch the Bruin victory ... Rushed for 52 yards in the game on 11 carries and caught four balls for 27 yards ... At Oklahoma State, he ran for 67 yards on 17 carries and also made two receptions for 40 yards ... In the Colorado game, he led the Bruins with 36 yards on six attempts and also made one reception for 11 yards ... At San Diego State, he gained 76 yards on 14 attempts and his 30-yard run was the longest of his career ... At Oregon State, he started in UCLA's one-back formation and gained seven yards on five attempts before suffering a strained left hamstring midway through the first quarter ... He also made one catch for 28 yards ... Did not suit up against Oregon, Cal, Stanford and Washington due to the injury ... Returned to action in the game at Arizona, seeing time at both fullback and tailback, and rushed for 27 yards and one touchdown on eight attempts ... Against USC, he scored two touchdowns while rushing for 45 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown, on seven carries ... Also made five receptions for 56 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown ... In the regular-season finale against Washington State, he led the Bruins with 48 rushing yards on eight attempts and also made two receptions for 58 yards, including a 55-yard first-quarter touchdown ... Had 23 yards rushing on nine carries and 18 yards on two catches against New Mexico ... Winner of the George Dickerson Award for Outstanding Offensive Player against USC.
2001 -- Saw action in all 11 games as a redshirt freshman ... He ranked third on the team in rushing with 290 yards and three touchdowns on 63 attempts ... He made his debut against Alabama, carrying four times for no yards ... He was the team's No. 2 rusher versus Kansas, carrying nine times for 44 net yards ... He did not have a rushing attempt in three plays versus Ohio State ... At Oregon State, White made two receptions for 50 yards (including a 41-yard catch) and carried the ball eight times for 38 yards to produce four first downs ... Against Washington, he carried four times for 36 yards and added 35 yards on five carries in the win over California ... He did not see action in the backfield at Stanford or Washington State ... Against Oregon, he carried seven times for 29 yards, including his first career touchdown, a one-yard run that gave UCLA a 20-14 lead ... At USC, he made the first start of his career and gained a team-high 23 yards on nine carries ... Against Arizona State, he rushed for a career-high 85 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts ... He also recorded six tackles (five solos) on the season as a valuable member of most of the Bruin special teams units. 2000 -- Did not appear in a game during his first year with the program and has one season of eligibility remaining.
HIGH SCHOOL -- Earned four letters in football for coach Brian Stiman at Valencia, CA High School ... Selected to play in the CaliFlorida Bowl ... USA Today All-America honorable mention ... PrepStar All-American and the No. 5 running back in West Region ... Max Emfinger second-team All-American ... SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 48 prospect in the region) ... Selected to Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West second team ... Selected to Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 ... First-team All-State (Student Sports) ... Selected to the CIF Southern Section first team ... Named first-team All-CIF Division III ... CIF Division III Co-Offensive Player of the Year ... L.A. Daily News Valley Offensive Player of the Year ... L.A. Times Valley Offensive co-Player of the Year ... Member of the Las Vegas Sun Super 11 third team ... The top career rusher in the history of the San Fernando Valley region ... During his career, he rushed for 6,746 yards, fourth-best in California state history, averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored 84 touchdowns ... He ran for at least 100 yards on 31 occasions and at least 200 in 16 games ... As a senior, he rushed for 2,515 yards on 302 carries and 38 rushing touchdowns, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt ... He also made 16 receptions for 196 yards and two touchdowns ... In the CIF Southern Section Division III semifinal versus Saugus, he ran for 305 yards and five touchdowns ... Member of pre-season PrepStar All-America team and SuperPrep All-Far West squad ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,920 yards on 265 carries and 21 rushing touchdowns ... He also had 62 receiving yards ... Earned All-State, All-CIF and All-Area acclaim ... As a sophomore, he carried the ball 286 times for 2,175 yards and 20 rushing scores ... He also had three touchdowns as a receiver ... As a freshman, he rushed for 136 yards on 17 carries ... Played three years in basketball for coach Gary Spindt and ran track four seasons for coach Mike Pontious.
PERSONAL -- Full Name: Manuel White, Jr. ... Born: July 2, 1982 in Panorama City, CA ... Parents: Manuel and Charmaine White ... Has two sisters, Kamilah and Arianna, and one brother, Aaron ... Patterns his style of play after Eddie George of the Tennessee Titans ... Hobbies include reading the Bible and sleeping ... Relative Jermaine Smith played at the University of Washington ... Relatives Rebecca White and Roslyn Shaw each attended UCLA ... Earned spot on the Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2002, Winter 2003 and Spring 2003 ... Sociology major.
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