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All-Star Season Wraps with White in Senior Bowl

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech defensive lineman Keion White (Garner, N.C./Garner H.S.) wraps up the college football all-star game season on Saturday when he plays in the prestigious Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Widely regarded as the preeminent college football all-star game, the 74th Senior Bowl kicks off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on NFL Network.

White, who measured 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds this week in Mobile, has emerged as one of the top defensive prospects in the 2023 National Football League Draft. Recently, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah tabbed White as the Draft’s No. 8 overall prospect, while ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would select White with the No. 19 pick in the first round of the 2023 Draft. If the projections hold up, White would become the 12th first-round NFL Draft pick in Georgia Tech history, and the first since defensive end Derrick Morgan and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were selected with the 16th (Tennessee Titans) and 22nd (Denver Broncos) overall picks in the 2010 Draft, respectively.

White racked up 122 tackles, 33.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks over the course of his collegiate career, which included two seasons at Old Dominion (2018-19) and two at Georgia Tech (2021-22). He began his career at ODU as a tight end, but in his first season on the defensive side of the ball, he ranked among the top 10 in NCAA Division I FBS with 19 tackles for loss as a sophomore in 2019.

After ODU canceled its season in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, White transferred to Georgia Tech, but was limited to just four games in 2021 due to an offseason injury. Playing at full strength as a senior in 2022, White had a monster season for the White and Gold, racking up 54 total tackles, 14 TFL and 7.5 sacks while starting all 12 games.

VIDEO: Keion White - 2022 Highlights (ACC Digital Network)

For Saturday’s Senior Bowl game, White is on the National squad, which is coached by Las Vegas Raiders defensive coordinator Patrick Graham. In addition to Saturday’s contest, the Senior Bowl has featured practices throughout the week that have been attended by personnel from all 32 NFL teams.

White is the last of six Yellow Jackets to play in postseason all-star events this year. Last month, running back Hassan Hall participated in the College Gridiron Showcase, wide receiver E.J. Jenkins played in the Hula Bowl and wide receiver Malachi Carter and linebacker Ayinde Eley played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. On Thursday, linebacker Charlie Thomas played in the East-West Shrine Bowl.

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