For the last six years Brad White coached some of the NFL’s best pass rushers. After working with Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis with the Indianapolis Colts, the potential to create the league’s future stars was enough to lure him to Kentucky.
White did not have a long time to mull over the offer from Mark Stoops. After talking with his wife, there was too much potential to turn down Kentucky.
“We felt this was the best move for us. It had nothing to do with NFL vs. College, but this was an ascending program with a lot of talent there at the outside linebacker position,” White said. “That’s potential and we saw the potential, but now I have to come in and do my job and help those guys fulfill their potential and hopefully we can see those guys playing on Sunday down the line in the future.”
Josh Allen wasn’t the only person that stuck out on tape. Denzil Ware, Josh Paschal, Jordan Wright and Boogie Watson give White plenty of talented depth to work with in Lexington.
“You want talented guys that can make plays. If you’re afraid of that as a coach, if you’re afraid of setting the bar high in that regard, than you probably shouldn’t be in this conference.”
White had no previous working experience with Stoops, but he has plenty with Dean Hood. Last year’s outside linebackers coach was White’s defensive coordinator at Wake Forest and gave him his first job as a graduate assistant. He considers Hood to be a mentor.
White’s relationship with Hood should make the transition easy for the edge rushers; he’s just adding a little bit of nuance that he learned in the NFL. That experience gives White credibility not every new coach has.
“They have to understand they have to be dominant every week on every snap on every play. Technique’s not just a one or two down deal. You’ve gotta be technically sound. You’ve gotta play with effort on every down in a game. If you’re fading, then we gotta get someone else in there because you never know when that game-changing play is going to happen. If that’s the play you take off, that could be the difference between winning and losing, especially in this conference.”