Lions re-sign running back John White

The B.C. Lions re-signed running back John White for the 2020 season.

“The production we received from John this year is exactly what we had hoped for when we signed him in February,” general manager Ed Hervey said in a statement.

“His ability to run the ball combined with his elusiveness in the open field as a receiver was a big part of our offence this year.”

White set career-highs in rushing yards (1,004) and carries (192) with seven touchdowns along the ground in 2019. The talented back added another 341 yards on 46 receptions and a major.

“I was excited for the opportunity to be a Lion when I signed in BC and now I’m even more anxious to get back on the field for 2020,” White said in a statement.

“All the pieces are in place for us to be one of the top teams in the west and it’s going to be a great year.”

White was released by the Edmonton Eskimos the day before training camps opened in 2018. The 28-year-old joined the Ticats in June that year and rushed for 400 yards and two touchdowns on 78 carries — 5.1 yards per attempt.

He suffered a torn ACL in the second game of the 2017 season after rushing for over 100 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. That made two season-ending injuries for White in three years. He tore his Achilles during training camp and missed the entire 2015 campaign.

White had 1,350 yards from scrimmage with 886 on the ground in 2016 – the University of Utah product produces when healthy. In four seasons with the Eskimos, White played in 41 games with 376 carries for 2,110 yards (5.6-yard average) and 12 touchdowns adding 84 catches for 736 yards and four majors.

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