Former Alabama standout “impressing” in San Francisco
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Ex-Alabama wide receiver DeAndrew White was consistent, and yet undervalued at times during his tenure with the Crimson Tide. He made critical receptions and was a vital member on two national championship teams (2011, 2012), despite sustaining injuries.
White wasn’t selected in the 2015 NFL Draft; however, the San Francisco 49ers took a chance on him. He was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent and has been impressive thus far.
San Francisco’s head coach Jim Tomsula and quarterback Colin Kaepernick have seen White on the receiving end of some great throws in rookie mini-camp, OTAs and training camp.
The 49ers return a roster littered with talented wideouts, including Anquan Boldin, Bruce Ellington and Torrey Smith, but it lost Michael Crabtree in the offseason.
According to Dean Berhow-Goll, writer for Alabama’s 247 sports, former Crimson Tide receiver Amari Cooper said White will make San Francisco’s roster. Cooper said White is a talented receiver and that he high-points the ball well. Cooper was selected in the first round (fourth overall pick) of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
White caught 40 balls last season for 504 yards and four touchdowns. His game-winning, 6-yard touchdown reception against LSU propelled Alabama into the College Football Playoff.
Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine, Pick Six Previews and SB Nation. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.