Oklahoma sophomore linebacker DeShaun White played in all fourteen games last season. Recording a season-high four tackles in his debut against Florida Atlantic, White ended the season with 13 total tackles for his freshman campaign.
Now he’ll look to significantly increase those numbers as he becomes the favorite to replace Caleb Kelly with spring practice winding down.
“The first guy that’s going to step into (Kelly’s) role is DaShaun White,” Oklahoma linebackers coach Brian Odom said on Tuesday. “I think the world of him, not only as a player. He’s completely bought in to what we’re trying to do … I’m excited for DaShaun’s opportunity to go show what he can do. It’s there for the taking for him.”
It was already expected that White would see an increased role in Oklahoma’s defense in 2019 due to his ability to play both the WILL and MIKE positions.
A 4-star prospect coming out of high school, White was recruited as an outside linebacker and earned 21 scholarship offers. His knowledge of the position, and his relationship with Kelly as a mentor makes him the perfect replacement at the WILL.
“When (Kelly) being down, it was one of those things where I know I have to step up,” White said Tuesday night. “I know I’m one of the older, more veteran guys in that room … I knew somebody in that room has to step up, so I figure why not me?”