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Demons’s safety nets preseason All-American recognition
Aug 11, 2012 | 1079 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Northwestern State senior safety Jamaal White continues to haul in preseason honors by receiving third-team All-America recognition from Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview.

White was among 17 Southland Conference players included on the four-deep preseason All-America list compiled by the magazine. Earlier this summer, he was listed as one of 10 “Defensive Backs to Watch” in the FCS by Sports Network columnist Craig Haley. He’s included on the College Football Performance Awards FCS 2012 Defensive Backs Watch List and was a first-team Preseason All-Southland selection.

White and the Demons practiced twice Thursday in full pads, going through a morning session and then finishing under the lights at Turpin Stadium.

White, who has seven interceptions as a starter in the past two seasons, is noted for his fierce hitting and athletic, ball-hawking ability, along with a highly emotional style of play.

He has 132 career tackles, seven interceptions and has made eight pass breakups.

Last season, White was a second-team All-Southland Conference pick.

He started all 11 games at safety and intercepted four passes, returning them for 110 yards. White also forced two fumbles and broke up three passes. His 59 tackles last season included 12 against Texas State in a rugged 23-10 road win.

White got his interceptions in bunches. He snagged two interceptions against SMU and posted 91 return yards. For the second straight year, he picked off two passes against Southeastern Louisiana, helping trigger a 51-17 homecoming win by the Demons.

As a sophomore, one of his two interceptions at SLU resulted in a 75-yard touchdown as he returned it 27 yards before tossing a lateral to Cortez Paige, who raced down the Demon sideline in a 35-16 victory.

White had 64 tackles that season, including a career-best 13 in a double overtime triumph over Sam Houston, despite playing the last nine-plus games with a fractured right wrist.

At South Garland High, White was a two-star prospect who was recruited by Iowa, Kansas and Marshall, among others.

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