Alabama starting wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart are out for the season with…
That was a good strategy for the Alabama sophomore.
"Oh, yeah," said DeAndrew White. "I had a lot of family at the Michigan game. They were there for my support, and I was glad they were there."
White, a 6-0, 175-pound wide receiver from Houston, had a big play in the Crimson Tide's 41-14 romp over the Wolverines.
Midway through the first quarter, with Bama up by 7-0, Jalston Fowler ran 16 yards for a first down at the Alabama 49.
White, who was split out to the right side, said the second-and-10 play "was a play action route. The defense was looking for our running backs because all of them had been running good all night. So I just took advantage of the opportunity and made a play."
The play was a double cut, and the cornerback watching White went down, leaving him wide open behind everyone.
The long pass from quarterback A.J. McCarron seemed to float, finally coming down into White's hands. And White finished the dash to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown pass in Cowboys Classic history.
White didn't realize until later that the Michigan cornerback had fallen. And, he said, he wouldn't have paid much attention in any event. "What they do is what they do and what we do is what we do," he said. "We work on what we do."
What White did notice was that the touchdown went into the end zone where his family was sitting and cheering after their three-and-a-half-hour drive. "I was glad I scored in that end zone," White said.
"Well, actually," he added, "I was glad I scored, period."
White said that in practice this week, Alabama Coach Nick Saban "has been on us and pushing us to get better and never overlook anybody and keep pushing forward. You take it one game at a time and look forward to the next game."
The next game for number one ranked Alabama is this Saturday when Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference visits Bryant-Denny Stadium. Kickoff will be shortly after 2:30 p.m. CDT with regional television coverage on the Southeastern Conference network.
White said he is comfortable playing any of the wide receiver positions. "Whatever Coach allows me to go, whenever he wants to call my number," White said.
White said the wide receiver corps is "an awesome group. I believe any one of us can step up and make a play. Our running backs will continue to be a good corps and we'll continue to run the ball. And when they call our number, we've got to step up."
White said the Western Kentucky secondary will challenge the Tide receivers. "They're a good team, they have good DBs," White said.
His touchdown as a wide receiver notwithstanding, White was selected by the Alabama coaching staff as one of the Tide players of the week for his play on special teams. He was on punt coverage, punt return, and kickoff coverage. He made a tackle on kickoff coverage and was a gunner on the punt team as the Tide won the punting game battle against Michigan.
"I just do what the coaches ask me to do," White said. "I try to step in and be a team player."