One thing that we learned about the West Virginia Mountaineers under Dana Holgorsen in the Big 12 last season was that they love to air it out. They’ve been forced to re-tool their offense, however, following the departure of key offensive playmakers like quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. If Holgersen hopes to continue running his pass-happy offense, he will need JUCO transfer Kevin White to step up in a major way in 2013.
White is a big-bodied, prototypical wide receiver that is not common for the West Virginia offense. Where most of the Mountaineers’ standout receivers have relied on speed and athleticism to create after the catch, White is a more complete wideout. He is tall, at 6-foot-4, and built, weighing in at 210 pounds. He is big, physical and tough to bring down in the open field. He’s also deceptively fast with the ability to create yards after catch like the more typical West Virginia receivers.
What sets him apart, however, is the combination of wide receiver skills and top-end athleticism. His hands are phenomenal and he can go up into a crowd and win the ball at its highest point. That doesn’t mean, however, that he can’t turn on the burners and beat defenses deep. During the spring game, he caught a quick screen pass and turned it into a 46-yard touchdown, showing just what he could do with the ball in his hands.
His development into the offense will be a key for West Virginia as they do not have a lot of targets in the passing game heading into next fall. White has the opportunity to step up and become an instant playmaker in the Mountaineers’ wide-open offense. Will he capitalize in 2013?