Jan. 01, 2005
By Dennis Dodd
SportsLine.com Senior Writer
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MIAMI -- USC's leading rusher LenDale White remains day to day for the Orange Bowl with a sprained right ankle.


White tweaked the ankle on Dec. 4 against UCLA. He practiced for the first time since then on Wednesday.

"I think he'll try to play. I think every kid will try to play this game," said associate head coach Ed Orgeron said.

White's presence in the lineup is key because of his powerful straight-ahead style. The 6-foot-2, 235-pound sophomore leads the Trojans with 985 yards. His 15 touchdowns are tied with Reggie Bush for the team lead.

White said Friday he felt "10 times better" than Wednesday's practice and that the injury will likely be aggravated during the game.

"I'm going to fight through the pain," he said.