SDS talent evaluators Jon Cooper and Brad Crawford spent several months breaking down last year’s highlights, incoming talent and projected 2014 impact following spring practice to compile a list of the SEC’s Top 100 players heading into fall. Athletes were selected by position then ranked overall counting down to No. 1.
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97. DeAndrew White, Sr., WR, Alabama
White made a splash in his return from a knee injury suffered as a sophomore to finish a hair behind Amari Cooper and Kevin Norwood in several statistical categories last fall. With degree in tow, his decision in January to forgo an early-entry opportunity in the NFL Draft for a final campaign in Tuscaloosa is a blessing for Lane Kiffin who now has another returning veteran wideout at his disposal.
White has 54 receptions for 790 yards and eight touchdowns in 30 career games. Following a monster outing in last season’s Sugar Bowl finale, there’s reason for optimism as a senior if White can stay healthy and doesn’t face ill effects from toe surgery that sidelined him for spring practice. Amari Cooper justifiably garners most of the pub for Crimson Tide wideouts, but White has the group’s best hands, showcased by a corner of the endzone touchdown catch he made last season against Georgia State among others.
Leaping across the defensive back’s shoulder, White hauled in the 11-yard fade one-handed before crashing to the ground and maintaining control. Broadcaster Dave Neal was one of thousands of spectators at Bryant-Denny who rose to their feet.
White should have an integral role on an offense with concerns in the passing game following A.J. McCarron’s departure and his numbers should improve as Alabama’s second option no matter who is throwing him the football.
2013 statistics: 32 catches, 534 yards, 4 TD
2014 projection: 43 catches, 670 yards, 6 TD
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