Four Downs on Johnny White with... UNC offensive coordinator John Shoop

Posted May 26, 2011

In an effort to learn more about the 2011 Buffalo Bills draft class members, has launched a new Q&A feature called FOUR DOWNS …

Today, North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop talks about the Bills’ fifth round selection (133rd overall) RB Johnny White.  Shoop coached North Carolina running back Johnny White, who produced more than 1,000 total yards for Shoop’s offense in 2010.  And as you will read in this feature in addition to his play on the field, White left quite the positive impression on the coach’s family off the field.

Shoop shares more impressions of White in today’s edition of Four Downs

1st DOWN

Describe Johnny White in 30 seconds or less
He is one of the hardest working guys I have ever been around. He is one of the favorite guys among his teammates. He would do anything to help the program. He played a lot of different positions. Pound for pound, perhaps the strongest man on our team, and is awfully explosive. He is a good receiver, a good blocker and an exceptional runner. He is a really strong special teams player. That is where some of our guys realized that that may be the ticket to not only make a team, but to get yourself to Sunday.

What is Johnny White’s best quality as a football player?
His exceptional work ethic and endurance.

2nd DOWN

What is the most memorable moment in Johnny White’s college career?
We were playing Clemson this year at home. It was 4th-and-4 and we were in four-minute offense trying to win the game. If we got a first down, game over. If we do not, they get the ball and a chance to win. Our quarterback audibled to an option route with Johnny White one-on-one with DeAndre McDaniel – an All-American safety for them – and Johnny just broke his ankles. He made a great catch and we won the game. It was one of my favorite plays of the year.

What is the biggest change you noticed in White from the time he entered school and now?
Just getting stronger and stronger. And he just can break tackles.

3rd DOWN

Where do you think Johnny White will make the biggest impact on the 2011 Buffalo Bills football team?
He is an exceptional special teams player and a great receiver as well, so he is a fun guy to game plan. 

If you compare Johnny White to a current or former NFL player, who would that be?
He is kind of like Dave Meggett.  He also reminds me of Michael Pittman, who is a guy I coached when I was in Tampa Bay.

4th DOWN

What will Johnny White contribute to the Buffalo community?
He is one of the all-time good guys. My six-year old daughter believes Johnny White is her boyfriend. She loves him.

What is Johnny White’s best quality off the field?
He is as well-liked as any player we’ve ever had on our team. His teammates absolutely loved him.