2017-08-02 / Sports

Chip Shots

by Jim Buzzerd

Update on Kevin White

The West Virginia University football team began fall practice last Sunday, July 30. As has become his custom, head coach Dana Holgorsen has strict limits on media access to the Mountaineers’ practices. This is a somewhat frustrating practice for fans that want to know every little detail about who is or isn’t progressing in practice. But keeping the media at bay is becoming more mainstream these days, and the way technology has progressed, having camp info getting into the wrong hands is just too easy. It is kind of hard to blame a head coach for being a little paranoid.

This restricted access means that most of the information you’ll see is what reporters observe during warm ups and drills. Any information beyond that is what the coaching staff wants folks to know and I’m assuming there are many things going on in practice they don’t discuss. One thing I’m certain of is the brother tandem of wide receiver Ka’Raun White and safety Kyzir White will have prominent roles at their respective positions.

Kyzir at 6-2, 218 is a likely NFL draft pick next spring. Ka’Raun at 6-1, 197 currently isn’t high on many draft charts at this point, but then neither was older brother Kevin when the elder brother began his senior season in 2014. That season Kevin caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards and became the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft when the Bears selected him. We’ll see how WVU’s passing stats stack up soon enough, but it’s doubtful that any one receiver will get those kind of numbers because of the depth at the position, but all the WVU receivers should get a chance to impress NFL scouts.

Kevin’s two seasons in the NFL have not been kind to him. White missed his entire rookie season with a stress fracture in his left shin and played four games last season before fracturing his left fibula. White begins his third season with a mandate from general manager Ryan Pace.

“Go out there, have fun, do what I need to do," White said. "Pace is always telling me no pressure. I just want to play free and go out there and do what I do best." Depending on whom you read or listen to, a sizable portion of Bears fans have already written White off as a bust. In his four NFL games to date White has 19 receptions for 187 yards. Not eye popping numbers, but something to build on.

White is practicing without restrictions. But it remains to be seen how productive he can be, particularly after missing 28 of 32 games. "He's ready to go," Pace said. "He's had a great summer, a great offseason, so he's ready to go. You can just feel his confidence gaining, knowledge of the offense and just being comfortable with his body. He's pretty much unleashed."

After two fractures in two seasons one would think White is due to catch a good break, pun intended.

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