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What former Memphis QB Brady White really thinks of Seth Henigan: 'Going to be good, man'

Evan Barnes
Memphis Commercial Appeal

Brady White stood on the Memphis sidelines at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, his familiar place for the past three seasons.

Instead of wearing his No. 3 jersey, he looked like a coach, wearing a white polo shirt and slacks.

The former Tigers quarterback had a front-row seat to watch his successor, Seth Henigan, lead the Tigers to a 42-17 win over Nicholls State. He also offered advice to Henigan between drives to break down plays or relay messages from offensive coordinator Kevin Johns.

It was Football 101 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Henigan was eager to learn and White, the program's all-time wins leader, passing yards and touchdowns, was glad to mentor the 18-year-old freshman in his first college game.

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"He did a really good job taking care of the football, didn't really put it in jeopardy. Got it to our guys. Did a good job pushing the tempo, managing the offense," said White. "I thought there was definitely a handful of learning moments and things that's he going to be able to watch on film and go over with the coaches.

"I think he's going to be good, man. I think he's a solid player."

White returned to Memphis last week to continue training for a professional career. He was invited to the Tennessee Titans rookie minicamp in May and also played in The Spring League, a professional development league.

In his downtime, he stopped by Tigers practice to observe. He did the same in March before Memphis held its pro day, and it's where he met both Henigan and junior quarterback Grant Gunnell, who transferred from Arizona.

Memphis Tigers quarterback Brady White prepares to hike the ball duirng their game against Arkansas State at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020.

White can relate to Henigan starting as a freshman. In 2016, he started his first game at Arizona State as a redshirt freshman and threw for 179 yards, one touchdown and an interception before leaving with a season-ending foot injury.

"I know I was extremely prepared for my start and just talking with the coaches, it sounded like (Henigan) was very prepared as well. I wasn't nervous and I don't think he was either," White said. "There's always going to be that butterfly feeling no matter how many games you play ... .I'm sure he probably had that feeling. He seemed in the locker room pregame very calm and poised and I think he played that way, too."

Henigan and White spoke again Monday and White said he'll make himself available at any point this season to help Henigan and the Tigers.

Sep 4, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Tigers quarterback Seth Henigan (14) hands off to running back Asa Martin (28)  against the Nicholls State Colonels during the second half at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

"He's got a mature outlook on things," White said. "I want to see him and this program continue to thrive and pick up where myself and the teams I was a part of left off. It's going to be cool to see how he develops and the things he learns through experience."

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