WVU WR White: 'Can I Do That Next?'

Staff Writer
Posted Aug 2, 2013


Kevin White's road to West Virginia wasn't an easy one, but the junior college transfer is ready to add his name to the long list of successful receivers in Dana Holgorsen's offense.

Kevin White was scared.

The 6-foot-3 wide receiver is getting ready for a season where he will be playing in front of as many as 82,000 people week in and week out, but sitting in front of a handful of media members with recorders and video cameras in his face had the junior a little more nervous than his Friday afternoons before football practice might usually be.

"I've never done this before," said White, who spent his last two seasons at Lackawanna College. "At JUCO and even in high school, I never went through media. This is my first time really."

But he got more comfortable with the crowd as the minutes went by, and it's the kind of attention he's going to have to be ready to get familiar with as the season gets closer.

Especially when you consider the expectations for him to emerge as one of the top playmakers in a West Virginia passing game that has been notorious for the last two seasons as one of the most dangerous aerial attacks in the country.

White sees the production that Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin put up at WVU and knows of the other receivers that have thrived in college in head coach Dana Holgorsen's system before moving on to the NFL.

Last season, Bailey became the latest in a long line of receivers who have played in the system to become a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, catching 114 passes for 1,622 yards and an eye-popping 25 touchdowns.

Those numbers have White wondering what the future could hold for him in the Mountaineer offense.

"It's like can I do that next?" he said. "When you compare me and Sted it's like 'Well, I'm bigger, so can my numbers be even better.'

"It's a lot of pressure on you."

And if he can become that next receiver to emerge as a star, it will be a road to success with quite a few detours along the way.

Coming out of high school, White didn't have the grades that could allow him to land at a major Division-I program - which caused him to take the junior college route in Lackawanna. Although he graduated from high school in 2010, a shoulder injury and other factors kept him off the field for two seasons before he finally got to take the field with the Falcons in 2012.

Once he got his chance, White caught 36 passes for 535 yards and six touchdowns for a Lackawanna team that was not exactly a pass-oriented offense and averaged just 137 yards per game through the air in 2012.

But those stats showed his ability to contribute at the next level, which was something that started drawing in potential BCS conference suitors, including West Virginia and Texas Tech.

Schools were now giving White a chance.

That was all he had wanted since he got out of high school: An opportunity to show what he could do against the best college football talent in the country.

"A lot of people don't make it in JUCO," White said. "It's a struggle. You don't get all the free gear and you don't get the film rooms or nothing like that. Everything is just a grind.

"The Lackawanna boys were my brothers, but everyone was out there for themselves because everyone's trying to go D-I."

And when he got that chance, White didn't waste time getting to Morgantown after choosing WVU. He was on campus in time for spring practice, which gave the Macungie, Pa., native the chance to go through a few bumps in the road along the way and get a grasp on the offense earlier than some of the other incoming receivers.

Now he knows his routes and his responsibilities in the offense and believes it gives him the chance to be successful.

And the next step is actually translating that over to the field when the season starts on Aug. 31.

"I like to be the guy who when you get the ball into his hands, you never know what can happen," White said. "I know I can do it."


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