Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ka’Raun White slowly developing into valuable asset

Ka'Raun White (Photo Credit: WVUsports.com)

Ka’Raun White (Photo Credit: WVUsports.com)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – In West Virginia’s last two contests, redshirt sophomore Ka’Raun White finally saw some passes come his way.

Against Baylor, he snagged his first career catch. He ended the game with two catches for 40 yards. Although it’s been a slow process, the next chapter of the White legacy is beginning to write itself.

Unlike every other article out there about Ka’Raun, I won’t compare the 6-foot-2, 190 pound receiver to his brother, Kevin, just like Dana Holgorsen refused to do Tuesday afternoon when speaking to the media.

“I am not comparing the two. I’m not. I won’t,” said Holgorsen. “Ka’Raun (White) is new. He has been on campus since June. Kevin (White) was on campus for a whole year before things started to click for him.”

White began his collegiate career playing receiver at Lackawanna Community College in Scranton, Penn., before he was recruited to West Virginia by wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway.

“It was good to see Ka’Raun (White) go in and actually make some plays,” Galloway said, following the Baylor game. “Shelton (Gibson) and them had gotten up to 80 plays the last couple of games, so just getting the rotation down and keeping people fresh, that was something we were trying to do.”

For now, White may play the reliever role for the wide-out corps but with a struggling offense, Dana Holgorsen has proven he isn’t afraid to hand guys like White and freshman QB David Sills opportunities to make grabs if need be.

David Sills catches a pass against Baylor. (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

David Sills catches a pass against Baylor. (Photo Credit: Jeff Ruff, BGS)

“He (White) is starting to settle in and understand what we are asking him to do,” said Holgorsen. “He’s working hard, and he had his best week of practice last week. We knew it was going to be hot, and we knew it was going to be a long game, so we forced ourselves to play Ka’Raun (White) and David (Sills).”

The Mountaineers have reached the halfway point of the season with a 3-3 (0-3 in Big 12) record. Next Thursday, the team heads to Fort Worth, Texas to face the undefeated TCU Horned Frogs.

Quotes in this article courtesy WVUsports.com





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