Another Pass-Catching White For WVU
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The joke around the West Virginia football team was that Kyzir White was playing safety while his two brothers, Kevin and Ka’Raun, were wide receivers because he was the White brother who couldn’t catch.
You can put that one to rest now that he took two interceptions down against East Carolina, to go with the five tackles he recorded in another top performance.
After the game, White admitted that coach Dana Holgorsen had told him on the sideline that they had looked at him as the White that couldn’t catch the ball, a comment he took as intended, in good fun.
“Last year, I had some opportunities I didn’t take full advantage of. This year, I’m going to take full advantage of them. I’m trying to make the best of my last year,” he said.
And he is doing just that, playing with little or no abandon as he makes big hits and harries both quarterbacks and receivers, already owning 12 tackles this season.
His older brother, Kevin, however, isn’t having that much fun.
The one-time No. 1 pick of the Chicago Bears is out again, this time with a broken left shoulder.
“My heart goes out to him,” Bears coach John Fox said. “He was very disappointed and discouraged in the locker room afterwards, for obvious reasons.”
White, the seventh player picked in the draft three years ago, has had an injury-plagued career, playing only five games and finishing only three of them. He has suffered two left leg injuries and now this broken shoulder blade that may require surgery.
White took it with class, though, tweeting:
I ask why me, but I know God has a plan much bigger than what I want. I’m thankful for everyone that’s supporting me
The Kansas game, on Sept. 23, will be played in Lawrence at noon and shown on ESPNU.
It will be WVU’s third straight noon game after opening with a Sunday night game against Virginia Tech.
Someone suggested that Lincoln Riley’s victory over Ohio State in just his second game as Oklahoma head coach might be a “signature victory” and Riley was asked if he cringed when he heard that.
“I don’t cringe,” said Riley, 33, the youngest head coach in major college football. “It is what it is. We can’t control what people say on the outside. Here on the inside, we felt we were going to go in there and win that game. We know we still have a long way to go as a team.”
Sophomore Zach Smith, who started the last four games, including a Cactus Bowl win last year as a true freshman, will start at Duke, replacing graduate transfer Anu Solomon from Arizona.
Baylor’s two losses were to Liberty and University of Texas-San Antonio.
It is understandable, the problems Baylor is having, as it has played 15 true freshmen this year, most in the country.
Texas had a bounce-back victory in its second game after a disappointing opening loss to Maryland in which it gave up 51 points.
“I’m very proud of the way the team responded. They could have been very distracted by all the noise after Game 1,” coach Tom Herman said.
Instead, they got back down to business.
“The only thing we know how to do after not performing well is to to back to work and correct our mistakes,” Herman said.
Herman felt the defense showed big improvement. How big?
We’ll find out this week after they play against USC on the West Coast.