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August 30, 2006 at 1:49 PM

White back in the house

Now that he’s back in the starting lineup, linebacker Scott White is also again fair game for media interviews.
He met several of us today for the first time since his comments early in camp when he said he would consider leaving if he couldn’t accept a role as a backup to Dan Howell.
In general, he said everything you would expect.
He didn’t want to talk in great detail about his one-day departure from the team. But he did address it and said it was “never about the coaches” but about himself and whether he felt he could handle being a backup if that was to be his job. He reiterated a point that got lost then — that he didn’t want to be a distraction if he was unhappy so he’d rather leave than be an unhappy distraction all season.
He said once he got that sorted out, he came back to the team ready to accept any role. He noted the day he returned, he was on the third team and was used on the scout squad for special teams.
In what may be the most telling quote, White said “when I came back, I let coach Willingham know, all the coaches know, I’m here to do everything that they ask me to do.”
And now he sounds as if he’s never been happier. He said his new position at weakside linebacker is more similar to what he did in high school than the strongside was. He also pointed out that he played WLB as a freshman backing up Marquis Cooper so he feels it’s a better fit for his skills.
He said the official move to WLB was made last Friday after the last major scrimmage on Thursday. He said he felt he played welll in that scrimmage, which helped force the change.
Defensive coordinator Kent Baer met with us earlier in the day and explained again that the move of White was simply about getting the best three linebackers on the field. He pointed out that Chris Stevens is a true sophomore who has a lot on his plate adjusting to a bigger role, as well as regular special teams play, and moving White to the weakside helps lighten Stevens’ load just a little bit.

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