John White IV Interview
RB / Utah / Sr.
Updated - 10-29-12
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your
measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
John White IV: Height is 5’8, weight is 187 and my forty time is mid to high 4.4.
Alex Khvatov: How did you wind up at a junior college in Los Angeles coming out of high school?
John White IV: The grades weren’t there. I had to go a different route. I needed to get my AA degree as soon as possible. That is what I had to do.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you eventually choose Utah coming out of the juco ranks?
John White IV: They were the first team to offer me. They had a lot of respect for me. They were one of the first teams to show interest in me. I figured that it was a new team going into the PAC-12 conference. My family can come and see me play. It all worked out.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your junior season to us during which you ran for 1,519 rushing yards and 15 TDs.
John White IV: It was a great season. I owe it to the O-line. I owe it to all of the receivers that blocked for me. I really owe it to those guys.
Alex Khvatov: Your team is off to a 2-5 start right now, what do you have to do in order to turn this season around?
John White IV: We just have to execute and come out of every practice tough and strong. We need to believe that we can win and execute. We just need to come out with some swagger. Offense needs to execute and score points.
Alex Khvatov: What can we expect from your team this week against California?
John White IV: I expect to win. We need to win. We need to flip this around. We are at home. It will be a great atmosphere with our fans. We expect a fight, but we expect to win.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths on the football field?
John White IV: I think that I block well. I think that I run the ball well. Blocking is really where it’s at. It shows character in a running back if he can block.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
John White IV: I need to finish runs and pick up those extra couple of yards. If nothing is there, I need to be able to pick up an extra yard or two and keep the play going.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
John White IV: I just remember last year against Washington State when I came out of a run and tiptoed on the sideline and scored a touchdown. It was a great run. It was a good vibe. It was great to see the replay afterwards. That was a really big highlight. The Georgia Tech win was also a great highlight. It was a great team victory.
Alex Khvatov: What is your favorite NFL team?
John White IV: I am a Chargers fan. We are 3-3 right now. We started off fast this year, but we are kind of even right now.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
John White IV: I am a fan of Ndamukong Suh. I know that it is pretty weird, but I really like him. I used to be a LaDainian Tomlinson fan, but he is retired now. I also like Arian Foster. He is a great RB.
Alex Khvatov: Describe your teammate DT Star Lotulelei.
John White IV: Off-the-field, Star is a nice guy. He is a really nice guy. On the field, he is a mean dude. You can tell in a way that he plays. He goes hard every play. You can really hold that guy accountable to go hard on every play.
Alex Khvatov: What separates you from all of the other players at your position?
John White IV: I can really read the offense. I can read the blitz. I have really picked it up this year. I have worked on my technique and blocking.
Alex Khvatov: What is your definition of a leader?
John White IV: It is someone that can step up and be a leader physically and show by example. It is someone who is not afraid to tell his teammates that they need to step up. Be accountable to the team.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
John White IV: I used to sketch a lot. I got away from that a little bit. I like to watch movies. I watch movies a lot.
Alex Khvatov: What is the best movie that you saw recently?
John White IV: I saw Looper recently. That was a great movie. It is one of the best movies that I have seen in awhile.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, John White IV is….
John White IV: Accountable.
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