As expected in Badger Land James White was named the consensus 2010 Big Ten Freshman of the year by both the coaches and the media. James White becomes the second Badger football player to win the award in two years as Boreland won it last year. The Badgers become the first school to have back to back winners of the award and have had seven winners overall.
The award came as no surprise given White won Big Ten Freshman of the week 4 times and put up some gaudy numbers this season. James White led the Badgers during the regular season with 1,029 yards and his 6.95 yards per carry would break the schools record if it holds up in the 2011 Rose Bowl game. To put it in perspective White is third nationally in yardage for a freshman while sharing carries with two other really good backs older than he is. That insane 6.95 yards per carry is also second in the nation for a back with over 100 carries.
James White came out of fall camp with a real buzz about his game and didn't disappoint the whole season. The great thing about White is that he can run hard inside the tackles and when he bounces it outside and gets in the open field he has moves that leaves the defense with their hands on their hips. In addition White rarely looses yardage on a play and we can really think of only one play this year where he did in a critical situation. Also he doesn't fumble which is a problem a lot of young backs seem to have and he catches the ball pretty well. It is pretty hard to believe this kid wasn't even considered the best back on his high school team as he wasn't as explosive supposedly.
The coaches clearly had a lot of confidence in White from the get go as he is the only true freshman to play on the offense and given the depth at running back it would have been very easy to redshirt him, maybe the best call Bielema made all season was not going that route.
Lets hope James White starts of 2011 with a bang in the Rose Bowl.
The following video has some highlights of James White vs Indiana.
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