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Dual threat? Mike White's baseball future unclear



Freshman QB Mike White may have joined USF's baseball team for its first formal preseason workout Friday afternoon, but for now, all his efforts will remain with trying to prevent pick-off plays instead of creating them.

USF spokesman Brian Siegrist said football coach Willie Taggart and baseball counterpart Lelo Prado have spoken about White -- a onetime big-league draft prospect -- possibly joining the baseball team at some point in 2014. 

But it won't happen until the end of spring football drills, which culminate with the March 29 intrasquad game at Raymond James Stadium.

"He'll be a football player through the end of spring practice at this point," Siegrist said.

On Friday afternoon, White's dad indicated via Twitter his son would forego baseball altogether.

"At this time Michael will not be playing baseball this season," the elder Mike White tweeted. "Football is the only priority. We have Football work to do!!"

White, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, was 9-2 with a 0.43 ERA as a junior at Fort Lauderdale University in 2012, earning Louisville Slugger All-America honors. He has competed at a number of Perfect Game showcases in the South, brandishing a mid-80s fastball.

Thrust into the starting job by Taggart for the last five football games of 2013, he completed 53.1 percent of his passes for 1,083 yards, three TDs and nine interceptions.

Such double duty is hardly unprecedented for quarterbacks. Jameis Winston made 17 relief appearances for FSU's baseball team last season, finishing 1-2 with a save and 3.00 ERA in 27 innings.





[Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 5:29pm]


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