Arizona State running back Rachaad White picked by Bucs in third round

It’s been a long and winding road to football for Arizona State running back Rachaad White. It started in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri, then moved on to Nebraska, then California before ending up in Tempe where he had two solid seasons for the Sun Devils.

Well, the next stop will be Florida.

White was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the 27th pick in the third round (91st overall pick) of the NFL Draft on Friday in Las Vegas. He was the fourth running back picked and ninth player overall in the Pac-12.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is the school’s 255th draft pick. He’s the highest-drafted ASU running back since Mario Bates went to the New Orleans Saints as the 44th overall pick in the second round of the 1994 draft.

This is the ninth straight year that ASU has selected at least one player.

White came to ASU in 2020 after two seasons at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Walnut, Calif. In 16 games during his Sun Devil tenure, White had 1,426 yards and 20 touchdowns, averaging 6.37 yards.

He also factored in the passing game with 51 catches for 607 yards and two touchdowns in the same two years.

Last season he rushed for 1,006 yards on 182 tries, totaling 386 yards in back-to-back games against Washington and USC, both games won by the Sun Devils. He earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in each of those games.

In the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he averaged 10 yards per try with 420 yards on 42 attempts. The Sun Devils played only four games, but White had 291 yards and five touchdowns in the first two games.

White was one of eight players selected to compete in the NFL Combine last month and also competed in Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

White was the first of what should be a handful of ASU players selected.

Other draft prospects still waiting to be named include offensive linemen Kellen Diesch, Dohnovan West, cornerbacks Jack Jones and Chase Lucas, linebacker Darien Butler, nose tackle DJ Davidson and tight end Curtis Hodges, all of whom were combined participants.

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