South Carolina as Parker White working for the Bucs, Chiefs

South Carolina's Parker White (43) kicked the game's winning field goal in the 2021 game in East Carolina.

South Carolina’s Parker White (43) kicked the game’s winning field goal in the 2021 game in East Carolina.

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South Carolina’s all-time leading scorer heading into the NFL.

Former Gamecocks kicker Parker White He will be participating in a junior camp with the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next week, he told The State on Monday. Such a small camp is basically a three day experience.

In a perfect world, he’d only need the first weekend to land a spot on a list.

“All it takes is one team, right?” White said.

White got interest from a handful of NFL teams in the run-up to the draft, he said, but he never got the nightly phone call he thought he might get on Saturday during the fourth through seventh innings.

Soon after the draft wrapped, his agent told White that the pirates wanted to bring him to a junior camp.

“Unfortunately, the phone didn’t really ring for me as whole day as I thought; but that’s what it is and I know that’s kind of the way a cookie crumbles,” White said.

White’s entry into the NFL marks the latest step in one of the most decorated careers in South Carolina history.

outnumbered Elliot Fry as the school’s all-time leading scorer with a 30-yard field goal against North Carolina at the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on December 30. He finished his six years in South Carolina with 368 career points.

He also finished his college career ranked among the top three in program history in field goals (T1st-72), field goals (1st-99), bonus points (2nd-152) and bonus points attempts (2nd-154).

“It’s automatic. It’s astringent,” the coach Shane Beamer said in November. “I don’t know if there is a better player in the country.”

White acknowledges that his sixth year of eligibility through the NCAA’s decision to award another year to all players who played during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a blessing in disguise.

He finished the 2020 season only 11 out of 19 in field goal attempts, while South Carolina scored a 2-8 record in The final season of Will Muschamp Responsible for.

Under coach Shane Beamer in 2021, White and Jimcox built a foundation of positivity, camaraderie and teamwork that virtually exceeded all pre-season expectations on their way to the 7-6 record.

The Mount Pleasant product has been converted 16 of 17 field goal attempts and all 30 extra point attempts during the 2021 campaign. He also netted a 54-yard kick in the September 25 rally against Kentucky.

“I was going to have trouble because I didn’t have a good season in 2020 and the team wasn’t doing well,” White said, referring to getting another year of eligibility. “We had a lot of unfinished business in that area. To be able to capitalize on that in the way we did – winning the (Duke’s Mayo Bowl), for me to be able to break the record and go over 90% this year – I think that was proof of How does the team work.”

White is one of a handful of South Carolina players who will begin their NFL careers in earnest over the coming days and weeks.

Three previous Gamecocks games selected for the 2022 NFL Draft in Defensive end/back end Kingsley “JJ” Enagbare (Green Bay Packers), pulling back on Kevin Harris (New England Patriots) and tight end Nick Muse (Minnesota Vikings).

running back Zackander White and defensive line Jabbari Ellis She signed unformulated free agent deals with the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants, respectively.

South Carolina points ever scored

  1. Parker White (2017-20) … 368
  2. Elliot Fry (2013-16) … 359
  3. Colin McKee (1987-90) … 330
  4. Ryan Sokop (2005-08) … 251
  5. Marcus Lattimore (2010-12) … 246
  6. George Rogers (1977-80) … 202
  7. Red Morton (1993-96) … 201
  8. Harold Green (1986-89) … 198
  9. Scott Hagler (1983-1986) … 195
  10. Mark Fleetwood (1981-1983) … 186
  11. Dan Weaver (2001-03) … 186

This story was originally published May 2, 2022 5:26 p.m.

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Ben Portnoy is a South Carolina football hitting writer for the Gamecox. He has been honored five times with the Associated Press Sports Editors Award and received recognition from the Mississippi Press Association and the National Sports Media Association. Portnoy previously covered Mississippi for Columbus Commercial Dispatch and Indiana football at the Journal Gazette in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

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