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Kevin White Says Confidence Keys Strong Camp for WVU


Kevin White stood on the sideline Monday, watching West Virginia run team drills without him as he nursed a shoulder injury that seems to be contagious for the Mountaineers these days.

No worries, says the junior wide receiver, he just nicked it when he was getting tackled and sitting out was just a precautionary measure to ensure that it doesn't get any worse before it gets better. For him, missing a round of 11-on-11 action was no big deal, knowing there would be many more opportunities to participate before camp ends and the season begins.

Those 10 minutes of team work were the only 10 minutes the media has seen since camp began, though, and missing out on a wide receiver who has received such praise was a bit of a disappointment. Just speaking with receivers coach Lonnie Galloway about White's progress makes it clear what the Mountaineers expect out of him in the fall.

Galloway says White will be the only person who can stop White, and the receiver has no intention of allowing that to happen.

"A few coaches and players say I don't know how good I am because some days I may not play as hard. But I've never been around real talent, I guess," says White.

When the Lackawanna College transfer looks around him now, he sees players with pro potential. He knows that three of WVU's wide receivers who just left the program after last season are competing in NFL camps and many of the coaches and players still on this team were around those guys each day a year ago.

"They've seen [those players] and I guess just comparing it, they think I'm all right. I think I'm the only one that can stop me, I guess," he says.

At 6-foot-3, 211 pounds, White possesses size that West Virginia's receiving corps hasn't had in quite some time – at least not from someone who really made an impact on game day. His frame looks better suited at the defense's spur linebacker position or even fighting for defensive end if he ate a few extra biscuits each day.

But White has the speed and the precision in his routes that he can play receiver, and play it well.

"I always had it. It's just a confidence, it's a mind thing," says White. "If you think you aren't going to beat the guy in man coverage, you're not going to beat him before the play starts. You have to just think positive and if you're confident, you've got the swagger, you're more than likely going to win."

When White lines up across from a defensive back, it's an opportunity for the sideline to call out, "Mismatch." He dwarfs many of those he sees in practice in both height and mass and uses that to his advantage.

Galloway makes it clear that if his receivers can't block in addition to catching the ball, he can't play them. White thinks his blocking is at least as good as the other aspects of his game and should bode well for him when it comes time to choose a starting four on Aug. 31.

"When I get my hands on a d-back, I think I'm pretty much in control," says White. "They're not going to be able to get me off, kind of manhandling [them]. If it's one-on-one, I've got to block you, I think I'm winning every time. It's just a mind thing again, being confident."

In an interview earlier this week, White was alerted to the fact that Galloway has had some very positive remarks about him (though Galloway wouldn't directly admit that his praise was about White) and he said it was the first he had heard those things.

"I didn't know they thought that highly of me until you guys actually told me," White said. "Coach Galloway and a few other coaches talked to me a little bit. It feels good and it gives me even more confidence than I already have. It makes me work a little bit more harder, go to film a little more and just give me a little bit more push."

The praise doesn't go to White's head in an arrogant sense, but rather in a way that makes him want to do better. He is developing a reputation based on his play in camp and the last thing he wants to do is let down the players and the coaches who believe he could be something special for the Mountaineers' offense. 

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