MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — We’re less than 40 days before the start of West Virginia’s preseason football camp as MetroNews reveals our picks for Top 10 Most Pivotal Players for 2014. We continue with a tall, fast receiver who’s looking for a senior year surge:

No. 7 KEVIN WHITE
Position: Outside receiver
Class: Senior
Measurables: 6-3, 209

His 35-catch output in 2013—far short of what West Virginia has come to expect from a featured receiver—was partially a by-product of the quarterback carousel. (White also missed the opener against William & Mary with a foot injury.)

Yet some inconsistency was of his own making, such as dropping a would-be touchdown against Georgia State and being benched for the rest of that game. Even his seven-catch performance at Oklahoma was tempered by a red-zone fumble with WVU threatening to take a second-half lead.

White’s size makes him a goal-line option on fade routes and his speed is good enough to burn secondaries on deep posts. Yet he was essentially marginalized against Maryland, Oklahoma State, TCU, Iowa State and GSU—compiling only six total catches for 66 yards in those five games.

His production becomes crucial for springing Mario Alford on the opposite side and affording Daikiel Shorts room to work in the slot.

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Comments

  • Calvin Moyers

    Go blue & gold!

  • Dave

    I'll be rooting hard for you to excell this year Kevin. Show us fans what you got.

    LET'S GOOOO MOUNTAINEERS !!!!!!!!!!

  • VaultHunter

    Mark it down Alabama will know his name when we are done with them.

    This will be his breakout year.

    Kevin White=NFL Wideout.

  • Mike

    You can say this of any position, but true in the case of talented receivers that don't quite rise to the top, such as Ivan McCartney. They lack the total discipline to outwork everyone else and get better in route running and the mental aspects, and techniques of the game. Most of those are in the NFL. I hope White shines this year.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    That picture of Kevin back on the Home page
    looks like Predator. I'm open for further comments on this comment.

  • mad hatter

    knowing people will think this is crazy, but after or maybe even during the season, holgie will be demoted to OC, and Bradley promoted to HC.
    Crazy<<<, i don't think so, wvu simply cannot afford to buy our holgie and all his assistants, so, a switch will occur.

  • Jim

    That video shows one of the team's major flaws from last year...TURNOVERS. Not picking on White, but losing the ball inside the 20 against OU contributed significantly to the loss. Just saying, the team's performance was low, but just a few plays made the difference between being considered competitive and a bottom-dweller in the Big 12.

  • david

    get a haircut.

  • FNP

    O-Line is crucial. If they do their job then this team will be dynamic this year.

  • Ole Sasquatch

    If you have all the tools you have to make use of them if you're going to make the pros.
    The season stems on the offensive line - there is just no getting around it. The pressure is on. The question is can the coach put it together? We cannot afford to see the inconsistency of last year.

  • Sam

    Okay, so maybe I'm not as stoked on White as I am about other players but I still guarantee a win against 'BAMA down in the peach state. MARK IT DOWN!!!

  • Shawn 108

    Here's the thing, in my opinion of course. The ten most pivotal players are the linemen on both sides of the ball. We have to get to the QB and protect ours. Every football fan knows the game is won in the trenches. I love the articles but it all comes down to being able to block. We have the talent at skill positions to win games. In my opinion

    • Protechcpa

      I agree and will go a step further by referring to that old saw "Games are won with offense, championships are won with defense." I long for the days when WVU defenses were a force to be reckoned with. Talented players like Kevin White do not have to make many plays if the other team cannot score. I have hopes that Tom Bradley will revive the defense so the offense does not have to play catch up every game.

      • shawn 108

        I also agree with that one of my favorite quotes "If you score you might win, If they dont score you'll never lose" J. Wooden

        I think Gibson will get our defense back to a force and Bradley will get our D line pumping. Its gonna be a fun year. Just think how much MO we will have if we knock off Alabama!!

  • any major dude

    White's size and speed make him a nice target in this system. I hope he spent lots of time working on his receiving because of the drops and fumbles. If only he could get a hands transplant from Steadman Bailey. If Steadman had White's size he'd be a superstar because of those sticky hands.

  • Hop'sHip

    He sure has the look of a star but my memory of him from last season is of the ball just slipping through his fingers. He is key to a successful season.

  • james

    He Mario and Daikiel will be in Beast mode this year