White was expecting to be a Buc
White said that head coach Bruce Arians told him if he was still available at No. 5, the Bucs would take him. "He was a man of his word," White said. "I knew the call was coming in. I just didn't know when, how deep in the countdown it would come in. It came in at the perfect time."
He has a huge personality
Just from hearing White talk during his introductory conference call on Thursday night, it's easy to tell White why the Bucs fell in love with him as a person. As reporters took assembled near the a speaker to hear White, he said "Take all the time you need." His personality came through, from his dedication to being the best, embracing a leadership role as a sophomore and confidence he would become a rare inside linebacker to be selected in the top 10.
He can bring the pressure
While White's reputation is one of a sideline-to-sideline defender who can make plays with his speed, he can also rush the passer. His 30 quarterback pressures in 2018 led all draft-eligible linebacker. That's a good sign for the Bucs' new 3-4 scheme, which will allow inside backers to blitz.
He’s bringing his horses
White is an avid horseman, owning seven horses. He said he’s bringing his three “babies” -- Daisy Mae, Overdrive and Tailor Made -- to Tampa. He kept Daisy Mae, a Tennessee Walker mare, at a stable near the LSU campus and rode her to his final exams in December and then in Tiger Stadium on his way home. He’d tend to Daisy Mae every day before class and would ride her along the Mississippi River levee before practice on Fridays.
He wants to wear No. 40
White wore No. 40 in his last two seasons at LSU and during his combine interview, while wearing a chain with a No. 40 on it, he said he wants to wear the number as a pro. He might not know that that number hasn’t been given out since the Mike Alstott retired.
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