CAREER: White already is 18th on USC's prestigious career rushing list (with 1,857 yards). He has 28 rushing TDs in 26 career games (he has 31 TDs overall, the most by a Trojan by the end of his sophomore year), along with 8 games with 100 rushing yards.
2005: The hard-charging White, who provides the thunder to USC's offense, returns for his second season as the starting tailback as a junior in 2005. He is a candidate for the Doak Walker Award and All-American honors. He is on the 2005 Maxwell Award watch list. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left ankle prior to 2005 spring practice. He sat out 2005 spring drills to concentrate on his academics.
2004: White started all but 2 games (Washington State and Oklahoma) of his 2004 sophomore season at tailback. Overall in 2004 while appearing in all 13 games, he rushed for 1,103 yards on 203 carries (5.4 avg.) with 15 TDs and caught 11 passes for 97 yards (8.8 avg.) with 2 TDs. He became USC's 23rd 1,000-yard season rusher. He ran for 100 yards in 5 games in 2004. A total of 676 of his rushing yards in 2004 (61.3%) came after contact. He had a team-best 17 TDs in 2004, the most in a season by a Trojan since Marcus Allen's 23 in 1981 (USC's opponents scored only 20 TDs in 2004). He also was the first Trojan to lead the Pac-10 in touchdowns scored since Allen in 1981. He sprained his right ankle against Washington and played the rest of the season bothered by the injury. He made the 2004 All-Pac-10 second team, Collegefootballnews.com Sophomore All-American second team and ESPN.com All-Pac-10 first team.
In the opener against Virginia Tech, he had a team-best 78 rushing yards on 15 carries (5.2 avg). He ran for a game-best 123 yards (the fourth 100-yard outing in his career) with 3 first-half TDs on just 14 carries (8.8 average) against Colorado State (he also caught a 22-yard pass). At BYU, he and Bush became the first Trojan duo to each break the 100-yard rushing barrier since Chad Morton and LaVale Woods did so against Oregon State in 1996, as he had 110 yards (with a 43-yard TD) on 17 carries (it was his second consecutive 100-yard game) and a 7-yard reception, while Bush had 124 rushing yards. He had 24 yards on 11 carries, including the game-winning 2-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter, at Stanford. He ran for 52 yards on 11 carries against California and caught 2 passes for 10 yards (with a 5-yard TD catch). He caught a 9-yard first quarter TD pass against Arizona State, plus ran for 68 yards on 16 carries and had 2 catches for 22 yards in just 3 quarters of action. He ran for 93 yards with 2 short TDs on 17 carries against Washington (he also caught 2 passes for 18 yards), then had a game-high 77 yards on 16 carries with 2 short TDs at Washington State. He ran for 116 yards on 25 tries (his sixth career 100-yard game and third of 2004) with a 5-yard TD and caught a 5-yard pass at Oregon State. He ran for a game-best 118 yards and 3 short touchdowns on 16 carries (his fourth 100-yard game of 2004, including his second in a row, and seventh of his career) against Arizona (he also had a season-long 54-yard scamper). He had 51 yards on 14 tries against Notre Dame and added 75 yards on 16 carries and 13 yards on 2 catches at UCLA. He ran for a game-high 118 yards with 2 TDs (6 and 8 yards) on 15 carries against Oklahoma to eclipse the 1,000-yard season rushing barrier.
2003: As just a first-year freshman tailback, White emerged by the middle of the 2003 season as USC's top runner while coming off the bench. Overall in 2003 while appearing in all 13 games, he ran for a team-high 754 yards on 141 carries (5.3 avg.) with 13 TDs, plus he had 6 catches for 15 yards (2.5 avg.) with 1 TD and 2 tackles. He had a trio of 100-yard games in 2003 (1 shy of tying Charles White's 4 in 1976), his 754 rushing yards were the second most ever by a USC freshman (behind Charles White's 858 in 1976), he was the first true freshman to lead USC in rushing in a season, his 13 rushing TDs were a USC freshman record and his 14 total touchdowns tied the USC freshman TD mark (with Mike Williams in 2002). He made the 2003 Collegefootballnews.com Freshman All-American second team and Rivals.com Freshman All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-10 honorable mention squads, as well as being named to the The Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman first team (and he was Offensive Freshman of the Year), ESPN.com All-Pac-10 Co-Newcomer of the Year and Collegefootballnews.com Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.
After running for 6 yards on 5 tries at Auburn and not getting any carries against BYU, he had a game-best 58 rushing yards on 10 carries with 2 TDs (5 and 20 yards) and made a tackle on special teams against Hawaii. He added 6 yards on 2 carries (with a 6-yard TD) at California. He then came off the bench to run for 140 yards-at the time, the most rushing yards ever by a Trojan first-year freshman-and 2 TDs (25 and 6 yards) on 21 carries at Arizona State (he became just the seventh USC true freshman to rush for 100 yards).
Against Stanford, he became the first freshman (true or redshirt) in USC history to have consecutive 100-yard rushing games when he ran for 108 yards on 23 carries (both game highs) with 2 TDs (6 and 3 yards). He had 75 yards on 16 carries at Notre Dame and 29 yards on 9 carries with a 21-yard TD (plus he had a 10-yard reception) at Washington. Against a Washington State defense ranked third nationally in rushing defense (68.1), White ran for a game-best 149 yards-the most by a USC freshman (true or redshirt) and breaking his true freshman record of 140 set a month earlier at Arizona State-on 12 carries (a 12.4 average) with a TD, including non-scoring runs of 66 and 44 runs. At Arizona, White had a game-best 90 yards on 15 carries and scored TDs on runs of 1 and 43 yards to set the USC freshman season rushing TD record. He added 33 yards on 10 ties (with a 1-yard TD) and he caught 2 passes for 3 yards against UCLA. He ran for 34 yards with a 1-yard TD against Oregon State. He caught a 6-yard scoring pass and ran for 26 yards on 8 tries against Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2002 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Tom Lemming All-American, Super Prep Elite 50, Tom Lemming Top 100, Super Prep All-Midlands, Prep Star All-Midlands, Tom Lemming All-Midland, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year, Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team and Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team as a senior tailback at Chatfield High in Littleton (Colo.). He ran for 1,683 yards and 21 TDs in 2002.
As a junior in 2001, he earned Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team and Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team notice. He rushed for 1,850 yards with 30 TDs, plus had 185 receiving yards with 2 TDs in 2001. Chatfield went 14-0 in 2001 and was the Class 5A champion. His coach at Chatfield was Dave Logan, the former Colorado All-American wide receiver who played in the NFL.
He played the 1999 and 2000 seasons at Denver (Colo.) South High, where he made the Rocky Mountain News All-Colorado first team in 2000 and the Rocky Mountain News Class 5A All-State first team both years.
He finished his career (he started all 4 years) as Colorado's career rushing leader, with 7,803 yards.
PERSONAL: He's a sociology major at USC. He is the cousin of former Notre Dame (1998) and Pittsburgh (2000-01) tailback/wide receiver Darcey Levy (who played in the NFL), ex-Wyoming (1998-2002) linebacker Herman White and former Colorado point guard Chauncey Billups, now in the NBA.
LENDALE WHITE ON:
His running style: "I'm shifty, but I have the power when I need it. I used to be a scatback, but I got to USC and gained some weight."
Sharing time with Reggie Bush in 2004: "There's not even competition between us. Our competition is how can we push each other to be our best...All of the tailbacks here believe we're great, and great as a group."
His football dream: "I want to line up wide and go deep, too, just like Reggie. That's my dream, to have Reggie at tailback and me catch a bomb."
Sharing the tailback duty in 2003 with Hershel Dennis and Reggie Bush: "We were the tailback. It's like there was no special tailback and there was no main tailback. We all just went out when we got our chance and just tried to make things happen. All of us were capable of doing it. We had fast guys, big guys, quick guys. We were all special in our own types of ways. When they called on us, we all cheered for each other. It was like a family to me...When I saw them doing well, I wanted to do well, so they helped me elevate my game."
WHAT OTHERS SAY:
Todd Harmonson, Orange County Register: "White is the thunder and has drawn comparisons to bruising backs ranging from Jamal Lewis to former USC great Ricky Bell...He is a tackle-breaking bulldozer who delivers punishment with a try-to-stop-me grin...It's too early to anoint White as the next great tailback at USC, but his quiet confidence and thunderous running style are enough to inspire Trojan imaginations. Fans with decent memories compare him to Ricky Bell. Offensive linemen who must make their blocks or risk having him run into their backs point to Justin Fargas...Off the field, White is the fun-lover who raves about seeing Beyonce at the BET Awards, adds tattoos the way he does yards and always seems to be laughing."
Ted Miller, ESPN.com: "White is Hemingway. He is 6-foot-2, 235 pounds of power and streamlined footwork; he cuts and goes without a lot of decorative maneuvers. He is good...White has been compared to former Trojan great Ricky Bell or Eddie George."
USC All-American tailback Reggie Bush: "He's very physical. He softens them up and I run by them...I love watching LenDale play. I like his style. And when he makes big plays, that makes me hungry to go out there and make an even bigger play. We try to outdo each other. It's a friendly competition and it makes us better."
Former USC offensive guard John Drake: "Reggie is our physical mismatch, but LenDale is the law."
GAME-BY-GAME WITH LenDALE WHITE