July 5, 2014
White Ready to Attack in '14
Entering the 2013 campaign, perhaps no incoming offensive weapon received as much hype or exposure than that seen surrounding receiver Kevin White. With a massive frame that towered over any opposing defensive back, a unique knack at shedding even the more form tackles, and a stride that left his preseason opposition in the dust, White looked prime for a breakout season.
However, once the campaign began, these significant physical advantages never had a true opportunity to flourish.
Sure, White managed to put together a solid campaign for the Mountaineers last season, particularly considering the ultimate results of the year. But with a ton of hype entering the year, many were left underwhelmed at White's first season in Morgantown, commencing the search for answers.
Was it the inconsistencies of the offense that held the potential of White back? Did the rotating quarterback door halt any momentum he could have built off throughout the year?
One thing is for sure, while a number of obstacles stood in the way of a successful season for West Virginia as a whole, the lack of a consistent starting quarterback truly hindered offensive success. And it is a factor, among others, that White believes hurt the squad last season.
"It was very frustrating," White said. "But everything was frustrating last year."
Entering 2014; however, things are about to change for White and the Mountaineer offense. With over a month until fall camp commences, Head Coach Dana Holgorsen has already named a starting quarterback for the upcoming campaign in Clint Trickett.
Not only is the move the right one in White's mind to help develop the offense from day one, it helps give West Virginia one less thing to worry about in preparation for Alabama.
"It puts (my mind) at ease because I know who's going to be throwing to me, how he's going to signal it, and how he's going to throw it," White explained. "So we can get on the same page."
Last season, White notes that the tendencies of the three signal callers for West Virginia varied from week to week. This ultimately hurt the offense in its quest for consistency.
"It was just the way they signaled it," he said. "The way the ball hangs in the air is different (for each quarterback). The way the ball comes is a little different, a little faster. We just had to play through it."
This year, with knowledge that Trickett is under center from the get-go, White is excited for the possibilities of development.
"If Clint plays good, I play good," he explained. "We've been out there extra (time) just working on some stuff, and we've been connecting pretty fine."
With the quarterback question set aside for the time being, that is one less issue the Mountaineers have to address entering fall camp.
And while the search might continue for other answers to the 2013 season program-wide, one thing is certain - White and his teammates are bound and determined to put the pains of last season in the past.
"Last year is over with," White said. "We're focusing on this year and everything's looking good so far."
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