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Heisman Winner Will Be Late Pick Dispatches

The draft prospects of Heisman Trophy winner Jason White are not
good. White, the Oklahoma quarterback who threw for 40 touchdowns
this season, will probably be a second-day selection because he's
had reconstructive surgery on both knees and has below-average
mobility and average arm strength. White could also apply to the
NCAA for a sixth year of eligibility.... Dan Reeves, fired last
week as coach of the Falcons, had one parting piece of advice for
electrifying quarterback Michael Vick: Stay in the pocket more.
After Vick ran 14 times in a 20-14 overtime win against the
Panthers on Dec. 7, Reeves said, "He's an unbelievably talented
player, but he can't continue to scramble as much as he has. The
hits are going to get to him in time. He's got to learn to live
more in the pocket." ... It's looking more and more as if the NFL
will allow Pitt sophomore wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to make
himself eligible for the draft if, as expected, he applies for
entry by the Jan. 15 deadline. Officials from Fitzgerald's high
school, Academy of Holy Angels in suburban Minneapolis, sent a
letter to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue last week stating that
Fitzgerald had been on track to graduate with his class in the
spring of 2001 before leaving midway through his senior year.
When Fitzgerald transferred to Valley Forge (Pa.) Military
Academy, he entered as a second-semester junior. If he goes pro,
Fitzgerald would likely be a top-five pick.