The Dallas Cowboys found a quarterback in the fifth round on Saturday, drafting Western Kentucky's Mike White.
White becomes just the sixth quarterback drafted in the Jerry Jones era -- Troy Aikman (1989), Bill Musgrave (1991), Quincy Carter (2001), Stephen McGee (2009), Dak Prescott (2016).
White joins a quarterback room with the Cowboys that includes Prescott as the starter and Cooper Rush as the incumbent backup. The Cowboys needed another quarterback with Kellen Moore transitioning from player to coach this offseason, and White had the Cowboys at the top of his wish list.
"Waking up today I was hoping so because it's the Dallas Cowboys," White said. "Who in the heck wouldn't want to play for the Dallas Cowboys?"
White is a prototypical NFL quarterback at 6-foot-5, 223 pounds, and threw for more than 4,000 yards in each of his past two seasons with the Hilltoppers. He completed 368-of-560 passes for 4,177 yards with 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions last season.
That's a vast difference than White's first two college seasons at the University of South Florida where he threw more interceptions (16) than touchdowns (11).
But White entered the college game with just one season of starting in high school. He had been a standout baseball prospect, but opted to focus on football after throwing his first touchdown in high school.
"It was just the best feeling in the world," White said. "I told myself that I wanted to repeat that feeling for as long as possible. That’s when I fell in love with the game and gave it my all."
White is familiar with Cowboys new quarterbacks coach Kellen Moore, too. He and Moore talked before last season about the intricacies of the offense that Mike Sanford would implement at Western Kentucky.
"He was awesome, just being able to pick his brain about the offense and to ask him any questions that I had from one player to another," White said. "Then obviously one thing leads to another, and he ends up being the quarterback coach for the Cowboys. That’s how our relationship turned into player-coach. You could tell, kind of like I hinted to early, his playing career speaks for himself as one of the all-time great college quarterbacks, let alone a very successful NFL career.
"I'm really excited to learn from him, someone who not only knows the ins and outs of the classroom part of it but also played it and knows what it’s like to play quarterback at the NFL level."