Enligt vad SFN erfar så står det nu klart vem som kommer ta över som QB i Uppsala efter Matt Bassuener. E.J. White är 23 år och kommer närmast från University of St. Francis, en NAIA skola, där han bl.a kastade för över 10.000 yards och sprang för dryga 3.000 yards.
Namn: E.J. White
Längd: 183 cm
Vikt: 82 kg
College: University of St. Francis Fighting Saints
En stor skillnad mellan McMahon, Uppsalas första QB 2013, och White är deras fotbollsbakgrund. McMahon hade meriter från NFL medan årets QB “bara” kommer ifrån en NAIA skola. Detta skulle eventuellt kunna spåras till att en av de som var inblandade i Uppsalas rekryteringen 2013 och Stockholms rekrytering 2011 var Dennis Stockblom, f.d. OC i Uppsala som nu har valt att lämnat klubben. Han har tidigare haft ett gott öga till välmeriterade QB’s i både fallet Cody Hawkins (Colorado Buffalos/Stockholm) och Michael McMahon (Detroit Lions/Uppsala). Dessa satsningar har dock inte alltid burit frukt, dels p.g.a skador men även att spelare lämnat mitt under brinnande säsong i fallet Hawkins.
Att en spelare gjort sina collegeår i NAIA kan dock vara ett gott tecken. Både tidigare STU QB’n Ethan Haller och Örebros Chris Ware var båda hämtade från den divisionen och bägge dessa herrar presterade på bra nivå och hade kanske inte några större svårigheter att anpassa sitt spel till Superserien.
Även NFL-veteranen Jon Kitna har sina rötter i NAIA då med Central Washington mellan 1992-1995.
Här nedan kan ni se vart samtliga QB’s som vunnit SM-guld under 2000-talet spelat under sin collegetid.
|Anders Hermodsson||Carlstad Crusaders||Sverige||–|
|Anders Hermodsson||Carlstad Crusaders||Sverige||–|
|Eli Cranor||Carlstad Crusaders||NCAA D2||Ouachita Tigers|
|Rob Curley||Carlstad Crusaders||NCAA D1 FCS||Lafayette Leopards|
|Taylor Bennett||Stockholm Mean Machines||NCAA D1 FBS||Louisiana Tech Bulldogs|
|Mark Nicolet||Stockholm Mean Machines||NCAA D2||Hillsdale Chargers|
|Jordan Neil||Limhamn Griffins||NCAA D3||Hardin–Simmons Cowboys|
|Casey Paus||Stockholm Mean Machines||NCAA D1 FBS||Washington Huskies|
|Daniel Taylor||Stockholm Mean Machines||NCAA D2||Texas A&M – Kingsville Javelinas|
|Carl-Johan Haraldsson||Stockholm Mean Machines||Sverige||–|
|Stefan Axelsson||Arlanda Jets||Sverige||–|
|Carlos Ortuño||Stockholm Mean Machines||ONEFA, Mexiko||Universidad de las Américas Puebla Aztecas|
|Jayce Goree||Tyresö Royal Crowns||NCAA D2||Glenville State Pioneers|
|Chris Esterley||Stockholm Mean Machines||NCAA D3||St. Thomas Tommies|
E.J. Whites collegestatistik
844/1343 (63%) 10,053 yards 103 Touchdowns
581 carries 2,927 yards (5.0 YPC) 20 Touchdowns
Senior Year Stats:
268/399 (67%) 3,344 yards 31 Touchdowns
147 Carries 651 yards 4 Touchdowns
3rd in NAIA History with 12,980 Career Yards
Top 5 in NAIA History with 123 Career Touchdowns
MSFA-MW Conference Player of the Year 2011
1st Team All-American 2013 (USA College Football)
2nd Team All-American 2013 (BSN)
3rd Team All-American 2011 (BSN)
3 Time First Team All-Conference (2010-11,2013)
1 Time Second Team All-Conference (2012)
3 Time NAIA Player of the Week
9 Time MSFA Conference Player of the Week
2 Time Team Captain (Spokes person)
10 School records: Including Career Passing Yards, Rushing Yards
Nobody did it better than E.J. White.
The fifth-year senior quarterback at St. Francis will go down as the finest player the Saints have ever known. And, he ended his career as one of the most prolific offensive players in the 68-year history of NAIA football.
In his final game as a Saint, White threw for 323 yards and rushed for 79 to give him 402 yards of total offense in a 30-20 home loss to Taylor. He finished his career with 12,980 yards of total offense, third in NAIA annals.
“It hurts (to see him leave),” Saints coach Joe Curry said. “He deserved more this year, but it’s a team game. I feel bad for E.J. and all the seniors because they wanted a lot more.”
White is the Saints’ career leader in passing yards (10,053), rushing yards (2,927), passing touchdowns (103) and completions (844). He holds season records of 3,344 passing yards (in 2013), 34 passing touchdowns (in 2011) and 268 completions (in 2013).
He set the single-game passing record of 429 yards in the season opener against Olivet Nazarene. He threw for a school-best six touchdowns twice this season.
He started all 46 games during his career, leading the program to a 30-16 record, its best four-year mark in the 26 years of Saints football. In 2011, he commandeered the Saints to their first NAIA win and spot in the quarterfinals.
“We’re proud of what we accomplished here,” White said. “We know the history of this program. It had a rough edge. For us to come in here and win 30 games in four years is great. Our legacy is going to help build this program through the underclassmen.”
The program has come a long way since White walked through the doors as a freshman five years ago.
“The biggest changes here are confidence and love of the game,” White said. “When I came here, guys were on scholarship and playing football. Now, we expect to win conference championships. We expect guys to put in the extra time to get better. It’s a whole new program now.”
Although the program says goodbye to White and seven other senior regulars, the Saints could return 15 underclassmen starters from a 7-4 campaign. That bodes well for the future.
“We lose our gunslinger and some production on the offensive side of the ball, but I’m excited what we have coming back next year,” Curry said. “I think it’s encouraging, because we have a lot of young guys committed to the program. They can’t wait for their chance to shine.”
White, too, sees good days ahead for the program.
“We have a huge freshmen class; a lot of them saw playing time this year, were forced into the fire and they responded,” White said. “They were into the game, and they have the drive. In the offseason, I expect them to be in the weight room every day and watching film, trying to get better.
“There were only eight of us seniors, so these underclassmen are going to keep on winning if they work just as hard as they did this year.”