NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State senior safety Jamaal White, regarded as a likely 2013 NFL Draft pick, is included on two preseason watch lists spotlighting top defensive backs in the Football Championship Subdivision.
White, a 6-0, 192-pound Garland, Texas-South Garland High School product, has been listed as one of 10 "Defensive Backs to Watch" in the FCS by The Sports Network. He is also among 38 listed as preseason candidates for the College Football Performance Awards 2012 Defensive Back Award.
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 Rivals.com two-star prospect who was recruited by Iowa, Kansas and Marshall, among others.
White and the Demons report for the start of preseason camp early next month. NSU opens Sept. 1 at Texas Tech and makes its homefield debut Sept. 8 against Arkansas-Monticello.