West Virginia Mountaineers

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ESPN's Mel Kiper called West Virginia senior WR Kevin White the draft's biggest receiving riser this year.

"The one-time juco star wasn't on my preseason Big Board but was up to No. 14 on Nov. 19, after his fifth game with at least 10 catches and his eighth game with at least 100 yards against Texas," Kiper wrote. "The senior plays even bigger than his 6-3 frame, snatching everything near him, and likely has leaped into the first round." The 6-foot-3, 209-pound White has 98 catches for 1,271 yards and nine touchdowns this season.
Nov 27 - 12:42 AM

West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett "has a slight build that doesn't project well to the next level," according to CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Trickett was horrific in Thursday's loss to Kansas State, completing 12-of-25 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions. In the third quarter, he was escorted to the locker room with an undisclosed injury, not to return. West Virginia backup quarterback Skyler Howard will remain on call in case Trickett face plants again in the coming weeks.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 21 - 6:03 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler observes that West Virginia senior WR Kevin White "wins with size, strength and hand-eye coordination."

"The 6-foot-3, 209 pound White entered the game as NFLDraftScout.com's top-rated senior receiver and No. 19 on my personal Big Board. He wins with size, strength and hand-eye coordination, frequently beating defenders this season on jump-balls," Brugler writes. The West Virginia prospect recorded seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss to Kansas State. On the season, White has 98 catches for 1,271 yards with nine touchdowns, and was recently named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the nation.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 21 - 2:23 PM

West Virginia senior WR Kevin White had seven catches for 63 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's loss to Kansas State.

White now has 23 receptions over the past two games after having only six in the two before that. Earlier this week, West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen told the media that of all the receivers he's coached, White "may be more suited for the NFL than any of them." White has hauled in 98 catches for 1,271 yards with nine touchdowns. He was recently named as a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is a future first-rounder, barring catastrophe.
Nov 20 - 11:15 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett completed 12-of-25 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions in Thursday's loss to Kansas State.

The signal caller was escorted to the locker room in the third quarter not to return, though it's not clear if he suffered an injury or was just benched. Trickett entered the game ranked sixth nationally with 3,173 yards passing yards. He promptly turned into a pumpkin against the wizard known as Bill Snyder. Trickett is undersized (6-foot-2, 186-pounds) and non-athletic, so he's far from assured of getting drafted. Either way, he's going to be in a camp next summer with an opportunity to crack a roster. That thought would have been unthinkable over the summer.
Nov 20 - 11:02 PM

West Virginia HC Dana Holgorsen notes that of all the receivers he's coached senior WR Kevin White "may be more suited for the NFL than any of them."

"Of all the [receivers] I've coached -- it's crazy to say -- he may be more suited for the NFL than any of them," Holgorsen said, according to Sports Illustrated. The West Virginia prospect has hauled in 91 catches for 1,208 yards with eight touchdowns, and was recently named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the best wide receiver in the nation. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior is just in his second season with West Virginia, as he transferred from a junior college. White has definitely generated first-round buzz for himself within scouting circles.
Nov 19 - 3:04 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. noted that he did not think West Virginia senior WR Kevin White was as much of a "sure thing" as Alabama's Amari Cooper or Louisville's DeVante Parker.

White has been moving up the draft analyst's Big Board throughout the season. The senior currently sits at No. 15. Kiper wrote that "maybe White gets into the mix [for first receiver taken], but he's not nearly as consistent as Cooper, and not quite as difficult a matchup as Parker." White has caught 91 passes for 1,207 yards and eight touchdowns this season. It should be remembered that this is just White's second season with West Virginia, as he transferred from a junior college several years ago. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound White certainly looks the part of a No. 1 receiver.
Nov 13 - 8:55 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote that "no player has improved his 2014 draft stock" more than West Virginia senior WR Kevin White.

Coming into the season, White was being viewed as a mid-round prospect following a season in which he put up 507 yards and five touchdowns on 35 receptions. White's propelled himself into the Day 1 discussion with a supernova of a senior season in which he's caught 91 balls for 1,207 yards and eight touchdowns. Rang wrote that "White's size, strength and ability to come down with contested grabs is something that every team in the NFL is looking for at the receiver position."
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 12 - 5:22 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett completed 36-of-49 passes for 248 yards and an interception on Saturday.

This was Trickett's first game of the season in which he didn't throw for a touchdown. While the senior was his usual efficient self against the Longhorns (he completed 73.5% of his passes and has only been under 60% on completions in one game this season), he simply doesn't have the athletic tools to create game-breaking plays when the defense isn't making mistakes.
Nov 8 - 9:22 PM

West Virginia senior WR Kevin White had 16 catches for 132 yards in Saturday's 33-16 loss to Texas.

White continued his breakout 2014 season with 16 catches, a West Virginia school record. His longest catch of the game went for just 21 yards, as the Longhorns repeatedly allowed him room to work underneath without giving up the deep ball. Despite all of the catches, White wasn't able to score in the contest. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior had caught just six passes for 55 in his last two contests combined, but that was clearly just a minor slump. With his 91 catches and 1,101 receiving yards thus far, White's already more than doubled his production from 2013 and has greatly improved his draft prospects. He's worked his way into the first-round conversation.
Nov 8 - 9:12 PM

Kirk Bohls reported on Twitter that West Virginia AD Oliver Luck is working on scheduling a home-and-home match-up with an SEC East school.

Strength of schedule becomes more important with the new playoff system in place and it goes without saying that the SEC contains some of the toughest competition in the country. Missouri is one possibility that has previously been rumored. The game wouldn't be played until the 2016 season at the earliest. This season, West Virginia is 6-3. They play Texas on Saturday.
Nov 6 - 8:18 PM

West Virginia senior WR Mario Alford has a "knack for taking the top off" defenses and it's catching the eye of scouts, according to NFL.com analysts.

Alford's teammate, Kevin White, has been getting far more draft attention than the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Alford, but the senior "hasn't gone unnoticed by opposing coaches and NFL scouts." White's the bigger target (he's six inches taller and 33 pounds heavier than Alford). Alford's strength is his ability to get downfield, with three receptions of 70+ yards over the last two seasons. A month ago ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl noted that Alford had "elite speed." Scouts are clearly keeping track of the senior, who could be in the Day 3 draft conversation.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 6 - 5:06 PM

NFL Media's Albert Breer spoke with one AFC college scouting director who was next in line to praise emerging WVU senior WR Kevin White.

"He's big, physical, a good athlete with strong hands. And he's produced against everyone he's faced," the executive said. After opening the season with seven straight 100-plus yard games, White has totaled 27 and 28 yards in his last two contests. TCU's Kevin White did very well against the Mountaineer, but weather conditions and Clint Trickett's unwillingness to consistently target White played a factor too.
Source: NFL.com
Nov 5 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl wrote that "no receiver or prospect has helped his stock" this season more than West Virginia senior WR Kevin White.

Thanks to his consistent production, White has jumped up draft boards around the country. While he's been held to six catches for 55 yards combined over his last two games, prior to this slight slump, White had over 100 yards receiving in every contest to go with four games with ten or more catches. Said Muench and Weidl, "The most impressive thing about White is his competitiveness; he attacks the ball in the air, and has consistently shown the ability to win in contested situations." They went on to add that, "White is a strong and shifty runner after the catch. He has created some first-round buzz within scouting circles." Even with White's recent struggles, we agree with their analysis.
Nov 4 - 6:48 PM

West Virginia redshirt senior QB Clint Trickett "has an uphill climb to be drafted next spring due to his lack of size and game tapes like Saturday won't help his case," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Against TCU's disciplined defense, he predetermined several throws and struggled to put much touch on his downfield attempts, making it easy on secondary defenders by leading them to the ball with his eyes. Trickett has an uphill climb to be drafted next spring due to his lack of size and game tapes like Saturday won't help his case," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-2, 186-pound Trickett completed 15-of-26 passes for 162 yards, while throwing one touchdown against two interceptions in a tough loss to TCU. Brugler adds that it was Trickett's "decision-making" that "hurt the Mountaineers" against TCU.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 3:31 PM


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