The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have a roster full of players, and we want to talk about them all. One Foot Down’s player profile series will, once again, take a look at every single one of them, and hopefully we all learn a little bit more about these guys, and Notre Dame’s chances for the upcoming 2021 season.
# 40 Drew White, LB
Drew White committed to Notre Dame on March 21st, 2016 as a member of the 2017 recruiting class. White selected the Irish over offers from Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, among others. White held a 3-star ranking per 247Sports Composite rankings. He was rated as the 41st best inside linebacker, 137th best player in the state of Florida, and the 977th best overall prospect in the class of 2017. His attended St. Thomas Aquinas, and his hometown is Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He currently stands 6’ 0’’ and weighs 227 pounds.
White’s career at Notre Dame got off to an inauspicious start as he did not see the field at all as a freshman. In the spring of his freshman year, White suffered a broken ankle, resulting in him becoming buried on the depth chart. As a sophomore in 2018, he managed to get onto the field for 4 games and finished the year with 8 total tackles. His injury woes continued during the spring of his sophomore campaign when he suffered a fractured AC Joint in a skiing accident during spring break. Undeterred, White returned from his injury to claim the starting middle linebacker job heading into the 2019 season. He ended the year having started 12 of a possible 13 games, finishing with 80 total tackles (tied for the team lead), 2 sacks, 2 quarterback hurries, and 2 fumble recoveries. Last season White again manned the middle of the defense. He primarily saw action on 1st and 2nd downs, ceding his position to Bo Bauer on 3rd downs. In total, White finished with 56 total tackles and 1.5 sacks.
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There is zero question that Drew White will play an integral role on defense for the Irish in 2021. Though he missed most of spring practice with a high ankle sprain, White has shown more than enough the past 2 seasons to be penciled in as a starting linebacker, with the most probable scenario being that White will be the starting Mike linebacker. If there is one aspect of his game he must improve upon, it would be his pass defense. Last season, White was targeted 15 times and allowed 12 completions, a number that must change if he is going to stay on the field for all 3 downs. Interestingly, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had this to say about White heading into the 2021 season, “I expect Drew White to be the best player on the field, even with Kyle Hamilton on the field.” With Hamilton’s talent being quite obvious, this quote should make fans extremely excited to see what Drew White can accomplish in 2021.