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Cowboys draft former USF quarterback Mike White

Only one other Bulls quarterback, B.J. Daniels, has been selected in the NFL draft.
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times 
USF quarterback Mike White (14) on the sideline during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014. N.C. State defeated the Bulls, 49-17.
OCTAVIO JONES | Times USF quarterback Mike White (14) on the sideline during the fourth quarter at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014. N.C. State defeated the Bulls, 49-17.
Published Apr. 28, 2018

For only the second time in USF football history, a Bulls quarterback has been selected in the NFL draft.

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Rangy pocket passer Mike White, who started 15 games in the Willie Taggart era before transferring to Western Kentucky in the spring of 2015, was taken by the Cowboys with a fifth-round compensatory pick.

Technically, he becomes the highest-drafted quarterback in USF history, surpassing B.J. Daniels (49ers, seventh round, 2013).

The first commitment of the Taggart era, White became the fourth starting QB of the disastrous '13 season at USF, and made a promising debut in a Halloween-night loss at Houston (26-for-41, 311 yards, two touchdowns).

He finished 3-12 as a starter, completing 51.5 percent of his passes for 2,722 yards, 11 TDs and 16 interceptions. His days appeared numbered when Taggart transitioned from a pro-style scheme to the spread-based Gulf Coast Offense in the spring of '15, and White departed shortly after the '15 spring game.

Related: Quarterback Mike White to transfer out of USF

He flourished at WKU, completing 66 percent of his passes (648-for-976) for 8,540 yards, 63 TDs and 15 interceptions, leading the Hilltoppers to a Conference USA title in '16.

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