South Carolina's WR Kane Whitehurst Coming Around

By Matt Virnig
South Carolina Football, SEC Football
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

No grown man wants to admit that he occasionally listens to Taylor Swift from time to time, a damaging action to any man-points a guy might gain in his lifetime. But if there was truly any song relevant to the South Carolina Gamecocks, its male crowd or head coach Steve Spurrier, it would be the 23-year-old Swift’s 2008 hit single, “White Horse.” A few of the lyrics goes like this: “Now it’s too late for you and your white horse to come around.”

South Carolina would be happy to know that their Whitehurst has definitely come around.

Kane Whitehurst, a redshirt sophomore wide receiver for Carolina, has proven to be a reliable source on offense during practice for Spurrier as a walk-on. Whitehurst was dismissed from Arkansas last May, after being arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia in April 2012, after an officer was responding to him squeaking his car tires in a parking lot. Whitehurst was kicked off the team a month later by Arkansas interim head John L. Smith.

Six other Razorbacks were released from the team with arrests during the 2012 offseason. Whitehurst’s dismissal was another crushing blow for Arkansas before the disastrous season that was 2012 even began. Whitehurst would most likely have received significant playing time in his redshirt freshman season as a slot receiver for Arkansas. Whitehurst redshirted in his first and only season at Arkansas under Bobby Petrino in 2011.

Whitehurst decided to walk-on at South Carolina after a simple inquiry from his high school coach was made to Gamecocks wide receivers Steve Spurrier, Jr. It’s hard not to see why Spurrier wanted Whitehurst in Columbia, as the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver has serious wheels to burn. This offseason, word got out that Whitehurst might be the quickest player in uniform for the garnet and black, after displaying the same time as Damiere Byrd in the 40 at 4.3.

Whitehurst showed that blend of speed and athleticism in the Gamecocks season opener. Whitehurst began his career smoothly with a 29-yard catch against North Carolina from quarterback Dylan Thompson, the first catch of his short career at South Carolina and the only catch of his collegiate career.

Whitehurst is still recovering from shoulder surgery after being injured back last Fall. No harm and no foul for him as he still would have had to sit out a season anyways due to NCAA transfer rules. Whitehurst didn’t practice in the spring, a reason why he’s listed as a third teamer approaching the Vanderbilt game on Saturday.

Whitehurst is the cousin of  former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who now serves as Philip Rivers‘ backup for the San Diego Chargers.

Spurrier has said that Whitehurst is seriously a major option for a scholarship because of his uncanny ability to come down on deep balls. You must realize that when Petrino snaps you up, you gotta know your doing something special. After all, Petrino had a receiver factory in his short, four-year Hog tenure, sending the likes of Joe Adams, Jarius Wright, Cobi Hamilton and Greg Childs to the NFL.


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