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WVU's White playing like a guy on&nbspfire
« on: November 19, 2014, 12:06:14 AM »
John David Mercer/USA These days Sports</cite>WVU receiver Kevin White has surpassed 100 receiving yards in all three games this season.<!-- end wide photo -->The final time he faced Oklahoma, West Virginia wideout Kevin White had the ball with a chance to give the Mountaineers a late lead. But as he attempted to slide past a pair of Sooner defenders, Oklahoma security Quentin Hayes jarred the ball loose, thwarting what would be West Virginia's ultimate likelihood to win in Norman.<br /><br />"When I feel about Oklahoma, all I believe about is that fumble," White said. "We could have won that game.<br /><br />"That play put a fire in me."<br /><br />Saturday, White will get another crack against the fourth-ranked Sooners in a showdown that could hold key Massive 12 championship implications. Everyone anticipated Oklahoma to be in the hunt. But thanks in large portion to White taking part in like a man on fire, the unheralded Mountaineers have emerged as a dark-horse contender right after a surprisingly sturdy begin to the season.<br /><br />By way of three games, White ranks 2nd in the country with 460 receiving yards and 32 receptions.<br /><br />"He is a great player and he is generating massive plays in every single game," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops stated of White. "He is bodily and is difficult going up following the football. He's got a great bodily presence -- just a fantastic football player"<br /><br />Stoops isn't the only a single to take notice.<br /><br />After reeling in 143 receiving yards and a touchdown in a narrow 33-23 loss to 2nd-ranked Alabama in the opener, White boarded the bus outside the Georgia Dome and lastly acquired around to checking his telephone. The Twitter mentions came pouring in, but a single particular tweet prompted him to seem twice:<br /><br /><!-- begin inline 1 --><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>My TL is full of @kwhite8 comparisons these days. Did he ball out? #CFB #collegefootball</p>&mdash Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) August 30, 2014</blockquote><br/><!-- end inline 1 --><br /><br />"That was really cool," White explained. "I was pretty shocked. Larry is a guy I observe a great deal, a man I attempt to mimic my game soon after."<br /><br />White has been putting with each other quite the imitation<br /><br />Aside from sharing Fitzgerald's No. 11 jersey quantity, his hairstyle dreads and his bodily 6-foot-three entire body type, White has been destroying opposing cornerbacks downfield the way Fitzgerald has been for many years<br /><br />White has currently hauled in 17 receptions of ten yards or much more, a year following leading the Mountaineers with only 21 this kind of catches for the duration of his complete 1st season at West Virginia.<br /><br />"I will not think any cornerback not his dimension can guard him," said White's West Virginia cohort at receiver, Mario Alford. "He's unbelievable the way he makes use of his physique and his athletic capability to block out smaller sized cornerbacks to go up and assault the ball.<br /><br />"He is acquired a ton of self-assurance right now."<br /><br />That self-assurance, however, wasn't always there.<br /><br />White did not have the grades or the tape to play FBS football coming out Emmaus Large College in Pennsylvania, which prompted him to enroll at Lackawanna University down the street in Scranton Rick Nash Jersey. But White often had the tools. He just essential the discipline to unleash them.<br /><br />"When we saw him run, jump, catch, we realized he was so significantly superior than any ordinary player," stated Lackawanna head coach Mark Duda. "But he was undisciplined. Not in a criminal way. Just in a really youthful way. If we had a meeting at 10:30, he'd be there at 10:35. We knew if we did not work a little more difficult on him, he might not make all that likely a actuality."<br /><br />Even however White had the talent to assist Lackawanna correct away, Duda redshirted him to get the message across.<br /><br />"They were really difficult on me my freshman 12 months," White mentioned. "At the time, I didn't comprehend why. I thought coach disliked me. But I understand he was trying to bring out the talent I had and present me the issues I need to have to do to be effective."<br /><br />After redshirting, White missed one more season at Lackawanna for fiscal factors. But when he rejoined the crew for his third season, he returned a fully distinct player, on and off the taking part in discipline.<br /><br />"He came back targeted like a laser beam," Duda said. "He was like a total-grown man. Attentive. A man who had entirely bought in to currently being a college athlete. He did not just get athletic, he did not just get character. He had individuals things. He just put it all collectively."<br /><br />White has continued to put it collectively given that arriving in Morgantown, West Virginia.<br /><br />Facing off final weekend against Maryland's William Most likely, a single of the leading cornerbacks in the Huge 10, White was unstoppable. He finished with 13 receptions and 216 acquiring yards, as West Virginia avenged last year's 37- thumping from the Terrapins with a thrilling forty-37 victory more than Duda's alma mater on the street.<br /><br />"I thought he was the very best player on the area," stated West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. "He is enjoying actually effectively."<br /><br />But as effectively as he's been playing, White nevertheless hasn't extinguished the memory of final season's fumble against the Sooners. The play that lit a fire also is the one particular he hopes to atone for this weekend.<br /><br />"It still leaves a undesirable taste," White stated. "But we're assured. We're seeking to demonstrate everyone wrong.<br /><br />"We're searching to demonstrate we're not taking part in any video games this yr."<br /><br>


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