Having already established himself as one of the premier receivers in the Conference USA prior to 2004, White used his senior season to entrench himself as one of the country's best big-play specialists. Not only did he lead the nation's pass catchers in receiving yardage, he also shattered school and Conference USA records before concluding his career.
White was a two-time all-state and All-Low Country selection at Saint James Island (S.C.) High School. He broke all of the school's career receiving records and was listed among top receivers nationally by Rivals.com. He also participated in baseball and wrestling at James Island and won a pair of state titles in the latter sport.
White was thrust right into the action as a true freshman at UAB, starting seven of nine games. He finished third on the team with 14 catches for 236 yards (16.9 avg) and two touchdowns, adding 42 yards on a pair of kickoff returns. He would start every game at the "X" receiver position the next three years, leading the team in receptions in each of those seasons. As a sophomore, he snatched 39 passes for 580 yards (14.9 avg.) and three touchdowns, blocked a punt that he returned 14 yards and returned three kickoffs for 34 yards (11.3 avg.).
White garnered All-Conference USA honors in 2003, as he hauled in another 39 passes, good for 844 yards (21.6 avg.) and seven touchdowns. The best was yet to come, as White led the nation in receiving yardage and ranked third in the country with a 20.5 yards per catch average. He caught a career-high 71 passes for a Conference USA season-record 1,452 yards and set a school season record by converting 14 of those catches into touchdowns.
In 45 games, White started 43 contests. He caught 163 passes for 3,112 yards (19.1 avg.) and 26 touchdowns. Only Derrick Ingram (207 catches for 3,379 yards and 28 scores, 1991-94) had better totals in school history. Roddy also gained 76 yards on five kickoff returns during his time as a Blazer.
Positives: Has a strong, athletic frame with long arms and legs, good overall muscle development, thin waist, wide shoulders and room for additional growth Long strider with above average quickness Has the second gear needed to run by and get on top of the defender Can set up the defenders with his fakes, stutter-step and ability to vary his speed Quick to tuck the ball away after the catch and does a nice job adjusting to the ball in flight His size and initial burst lets him beat the press coverage and dictate the route's progression His acceleration off the line allows him to gain yardage and run past defenders Runs quick vertical routes and shows the cutting ability upfield to separate Has good field vision, making proper body adjustments to the thrown ball Does a nice job of getting open and settling in the zone Shows good hands and looks natural extending for the ball outside the frame Very effective at playing the ball over his shoulders, especially on deep routes Combative going for the ball in traffic and will not hesitate to make the catch with a defender all over him Has the body control to get into position and has the burst to make the big play once he finds the crease in the zone Times his leaps well and shows a good feel for markers and boundaries.
Negatives: Does not separate on the hard angle cuts well, as he's more of a soft angle receiver Has a little bit of a poor stance, and when he stands too tall, his release limits him in this area (exposes his chest too much releasing) causing him to struggle some vs. the jam, but he closes the cushion quickly Despite his quickness, he does gather himself to take off, but shows good explosion and is a determined runner after the catch Because he plays at such a high pad level, he struggles on short area routes as he fails to properly drop his weight and gain separation Is such a marginal blocker that he is generally removed from the field during running plays It is not because of a lack of strength that he does not block well, but rather a lack of desire More of a straight-line runner, as he does not run crisp routes, drop his hips and separate out of his cuts More of a soft angle type that will round his cuts and shuffle his feet Lacks elusiveness after the catch because of hip stiffness and marginal change of direction agility (needs to have a crease to make the big play).
2005 -- Did not work out at the Combines due to a slight left hamstring strain.
4.45 in the 40-yard dash 31 5/8-inch arm length 9 5/8-inch hands Right-handed.
Attended Saint James Island (Charleston, S.C.) High School, playing football for coach Reed Charpia Twice named all-state and All-Low Country Broke all of the school's career receiving records Listed among the top receivers nationally by Rivals.com Also participated in baseball and wrestling and won a pair of state titles in the latter sport.
Sociology major Son of Joenethia White Born Nov. 2, 1981 in James Island, S.C.
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