MADISON (WKOW) - James White has accomplished a lot in his Badgers career. He rushed for 1,052 yards as a freshman. He gained at least 700 yards in the two years after that. He has won the Big Ten championship three times and taken three trips to the Rose Bowl. Yet, through all of that, the senior has never been a starter.
"Yeah, it's been a while. I've always been locked in to the game and whenever I got my opportunity to get on the field, I tried to make a play for my team."
White has made plenty of plays. He is averaging 6.1 yards per carry in his college career. Still, White has always played second fiddle to stars like Montee Ball. Now, in his final season, White is planning to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight. He is scheduled to make his first collegiate start on Saturday.
"I definitely think it's a big chance. It's an opportunity to prove myself. I feel like I have a lot to prove. I've been working hard this camp, just trying to be a leader and make my game better, become a better player. So, I can come out there and execute this first game."
White will still have to share the carries this season. Sophomore Melvin Gordon will be a big part of the offense. The Badgers are hoping to put that one-two punch on display Saturday in the opener against UMass at 11 a.m.