Jaguars’ White ready to hit field for second shot

Offensive lineman sat out 2012 season after transferring from LSU

Advocate Staff Photos by John Oubre - - Southern Preseason Camp.  Southern Offensive lineman Corey White cools off during a water break on saturday during the third day of camp.
Advocate Staff Photos by John Oubre - - Southern Preseason Camp. Southern Offensive lineman Corey White cools off during a water break on saturday during the third day of camp.

Just two years ago, Corey White was wrapping up his first collegiate fall camp in making final preparations for the top-five showdown between LSU and Oregon in the Cowboys Classic in Dallas.

Fast forward to present day, and once again White finds himself preparing for a trip to Texas, yet this time wearing blue and gold rather than purple and gold.

Currently in competition for Southern’s right guard position, White is entering his sophomore season for the Jaguars after transferring from LSU following the 2011 season.

“I talked to my parents about Southern,” White said in reference to the transfer. “My parents supported it, saying that it would be a good option for me. It would be close to home, and there would be a lot of support around me.”

The most painful part of transferring for White was having to sit out that season.

“It was hard sitting out for a season,” White said. “Watching the games on television and wishing I was out there with my teammates.”

“I’m getting back into the mood after sitting out that year, and now that I’m back into the swing of it. I feel really good about where I am.”

White was a four-star recruit out of Capitol High and was ranked as the No. 11 prospect at his position, according to Rivals.com.

Southern coach Dawson Odums was quick to point out why a top program like LSU would covet a talent such as White.

“He’s got size, quick feet, and he’s got great intelligence to play the game,” Odums said.

Co-offensive coordinator Chad Germany, White’s former high school coach, commented on the progression he’s witnessed out of White on and off the football field since his days at Capitol.

“He’s matured a lot since high school,” Germany said. “He’s done a great job of picking up the offense and adjusting to it since he’s been here. He’s getting a mental grasp of what we are trying to do offensively.”

White credits Germany with being a father figure to him off the field and one of the main reasons why he is at Southern.

“Coach Germany is like a second father to me,” White said.

“When he found out I was looking for a change of scenery, he called me and asked me if I was interested in coming to Southern.

“He coached me for four years in high school. We text often, and I go by his office to see him as well.”

According to White, things have steadily improved since his transfer.

“Once I buckled down and told myself I could do it, everything’s been working out well since then.”

Odums said he is excited about what White brings to the table for his football team this coming season.

“I think Corey can help us out a lot,” Odums said. “He’s been a welcomed addition to our team, and he’s done a good job for us.

Practice report

Practice resumed Tuesday after the Jaguars took Sunday and Monday off with school starting this week.

Odums was dissatisfied with a lack of execution, citing a lack of depth as a contributing factor.

“We were a little sluggish today,” Odums said. “We’ve got to get the walk-ons to come out.

“Once we get them out here, we’ll have more bodies, so the scout team can get some rest.”

Preparations for the Aug. 30 season opener against Houston began Tuesday afternoon as the Jaguars practiced in full pads, focusing on special teams, and 7-on-7 drills.

The Jaguars are tentatively scheduled to practice in shells on Wednesday and Thursday.

Southern then will have a closed scrimmage under the lights at A.W. Mumford Stadium on Friday night.

Odums was not pleased with the lack of crispness displayed in Tuesday’s practice.

“We were a little sluggish today,” Odums said.

Injury report

In Saturday’s intrasquad scrimmage, the Jaguars defense suffered injuries to two critical players: senior linebacker Anthony Balancier (knee) and sophomore defensive end Donald Phillips (leg).

Balancier was back at practice Tuesday as a full participant while Phillips remained out.

Phillips is expected to be fully healed by the season opener Aug. 30.