A four-star running back out of Dawson High School, James White’s Aggie career never amounted to what he might have hoped it would become. White announced his decision to transfer in the midst of the National Signing Day frenzy. After three seasons with Texas A&M he’s leaving the Aggies for the Lamar Cardinals.
White was expected to be a productive member of the Aggie backfield, but injuries kept him from realizing his potential in College Station. White and Tra Carson were supposed to be a one-two punch. For whatever the reason things just didn’t work out for White. He played in 24 games and rushed for 458 yards and seven touchdowns on 101 carries.
The emergence of freshman star Trayveon Williams put added pressure on White to produce, but he wasn’t able to get it done in 2016. Had he stayed he would likely have been behind Williams, senior Keith Ford, and redshirt sophomore Kendall Bussey on the depth chart.
Verdict: Little to no impact
This is a transfer story that’s been told before. White was a senior that wasn’t going to see much of the field this year. The Aggies will have to replace 30 carries over the course of a season. Those will likely fall to Bussey, who’s looked at good in flashes last year. Kwame Etwi will also be in the mix for some of White’s carries.