Going back to his high school days, Wisconsin tailback James White is used to sharing carries. All that sharing could help him in the run-up to the 2014 NFL Draft.
"They just told me it was a long process and to stay focused and work hard," White said.
White shared carries with Gordon this season for the Badgers but still managed to rush for 1,444 yards. Gordon had 1,609, making them the first rushing duo in NCAA history with at least 1,400 yards each.
It was the second 1,000-yard season at Wisconsin for White, who seemingly always has been the "other" guy. It started in high school, at powerhouse Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. As a prep senior, White shared carries with Bernard, now with the Cincinnati Bengals. At Wisconsin, White shared carries with Ball (2010-12), John Clay (2010-11) and Gordon (2012-13).
But White says he is confident he can carry the load as a feature back in the NFL.
White has been invited to the combine, and he said he wants to make sure he runs a good 40 time. He should be clocked in the 4.5 range, and obviously, the quicker he runs, the better his draft stock will be.
One positive is that White -- who can turn the corner but also is comfortable between the tackles -- is a solid all-around back. While he has shared time, he also finished his Badgers career with 4,015 yards and 45 touchdowns on the ground. The yardage total was the fourth-highest among active players this season, and the TD total was third-highest.