SCRANTON, Pa. – Kevin White played just one full season at Lackawanna College (2012) before heading to the Division I level West Virginia Mountaineers. For a player of White’s caliber, one season was more than enough to earn a jersey retirement.
Thanks to that promising season in which White caught 36 passes for 545 yards and six touchdowns, White’s No. 8 jersey will officially relinquish in the glory of retirement as of Saturday, May 7, during the annual Lackawanna College Blue-White game.
“It’s a privilege for us to honor someone like Kevin White,” said Lackawanna head football coach Mark Duda, per lackawannafalcons.com. “For a school of Lackawanna’s size to have one player selected in the first round of the NFL Draft is amazing.”
White was selected seventh overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears after a breakout senior display at WVU where he became the first wideout in the country to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark on the season. He was also a Biletnikoff Award finalist (for the nation’s best wide receiver).
The Lackawanna College football program is no stranger to the White family. Two of Kevin’s brothers, Ka’Raun and Kyzir, also got their collegiate start with the Falcons prior to joining the WVU football program. Ka’Raun is currently a redshirt-junior wide receiver while Kyzir (who also donned the No. 8 during his time at Lackawanna) will join the Mountaineers this upcoming season at the safety position.
“We’re so proud of Kevin, his brothers, and all of their accomplishments here and in their continued collegiate and professional careers,” said Duda. “They’re proof of what makes our program great.”
White’s jersey retirement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Valor Credit Union Field at Scranton Memorial Stadium in Scranton, PA.
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