TALLAHASSEE — Marquez White gave the decision plenty of thought and asked for input from family and Florida State’s coaching staff. But in January, he decided it was best for him to return for his senior season.
White, who will be a senior in the fall, made that decision after speaking with coach Jimbo Fisher, defensive coordinator Charles Kelly and Mario Edwards, the Seminoles’ director of player development.
“I thought about leaving,” White said. “It was my family. They wanted me to finish my degree. It was getting my degree. That’s what my mom wanted me to do.”
White had 25 tackles, broke up two passes and had an interception as a junior, his first full season as a starter. He also felt like he could refine his technique along with being a key part of the defense in 2016.
“There are a lot of things that I can come back and get better on,” White said. “That’s what I really want to do … I don’t feel like it’s about me being the best corner in the nation, I feel like it’s about me coming to work every day and that will just take care of itself — just be the best player I can for my team.”
White was targeted just 36 times last season and allowed completions on 16 throws, according to research by FSU sports information. That averages out to just over a catch per game. White said he would like to see improvement across the board in all aspects of how he plays cornerback.
“I feel like I can get better at everything – tackling, press coverage, playing the ball, being more aggressive, being more heavy-handed,” White said. “Just make sure I’m focused. Not getting bored with it if the ball doesn’t come my way.”
Rudolph separating from other receivers
Rudolph stands out: Former Cardinal Newman star Travis Rudolph continues to impress coach Jimbo Fisher. But beyond the junior receiver, Fisher hasn’t seen enough that impressed him.
“Travis Rudolph has been really good,” Fisher said. “Other than that there’s not enough greatness out there, not enough consistency. There are some guys making plays. Travis is really emerging now but the rest of them have to continue to grow and get better.”