MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Kevin White was known for making things look “Too Easy” (which was his trademark phrase). Now, another sturdy-handed White has stepped up to the plate.
It seems as though every week the Mountaineers have a new standout at wide receiver. First, it was a speedy Shelton Gibson. Then, freshman-phoneme Jovon Durante made a splash.
And we all remember the attention David Sills brought about with his explosive performance against Baylor.
Saturday, redshirt sophomore Ka’Raun White had his breakout game. Leading the wide receivers in receptions and yards, White felt as though the day he had been working towards had finally arrived.
“I’ve been waiting. It finally happened. It felt good out there,” said White, who caught five passes for 80 yards against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. “I’ve been doing pretty good in practice lately, so I knew I’d be fine out there when I got my chance.”
Prior to yesterday’s game, White had only caught two total passes. He says the pressure to perform well has been rough at times, especially with the familiar “White” name on the back of his jersey.
“The coaches were telling me to relax and you know I was worried about being compared to my brother,” he said. “I talk to him (Kevin) every day. I send him practice film and he lets me know what I’m doing wrong and stuff like that. A big motivation.”
Quarterback Skyler Howard, who completed just 12 passes in West Virginia’s victory over Texas Tech, was pleased with White’s hands and his ability to pull the ball away from defenders when the Mountaineers needed to move the chains.
“He really stepped up today,” said Howard. “He has strong hands in traffic. You know I always prefer to his brother, but he’s becoming his own player and his own man and I’m really proud of the way he’s coming along and he really showed today (Saturday) what he can do.”
With four games remaining in the regular season and his confidence now boosted, White says he’s ready to step up when given the chance.
“I have pretty solid hands,” he said. “I just gotta keep working. In practice I drop a few but game time, I show up.”
Cover image credit: Kelsie VanderWjist, BGS)