WVU’s White Emerging As a Dangerous Target For Grier
After big performances against TCU and Texas Tech, Ka’Raun White appears poised for success.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Last season Ka’Raun White showed glimpses of being a dynamic receiver for West Virginia but his season was cut short after suffering a broken leg against Iowa State.
It was an injury that sidelined the senior wide out for the entire spring, which was the same time that David Sills and Gary Jennings were building a rapport with quarterback Will Grier.
Through the Mountaineers’ first four games, it was apparent that White wasn’t as in sync with Grier as some of his fellow receivers but that has changed in the last two weeks.
“Ka’Raun is an extremely talented guy,” Grier said. “We talked about it earlier with how truly talented he is. He’s gotten better every game and he will continue to get better. It’s tough starting day one of camp coming off an injury and have spring and summer that me, David and Gary had. And I knew Ka’Raun had this potential in him and it’s starting to come out. He’s a big time receiver and I said last week, I am going to throw him the ball and I did. I’m going to continue to. He’s a good player.”
In the WVU’s 46-35 victory over No. 25 Texas Tech, White led the Mountaineers’ receivers with 114 yards on eight catches. He had two touchdowns.
“He looked good and he had a great week of practice,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “The last two weeks he has been. Keep in mind he missed all spring so the relationship and timing with him and Will has taken a little bit longer than Will and David and Gary based on the fact that Will had a spring with those guys. There were some days in camp that Will was frustrated that that timing didn’t exist. It’s just taken a little bit longer than we would have liked it to but it looks pretty good now. It really does. I thought he was one of the differences in the game.”
Saturday’s performance came a week after White had six receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown against TCU.
And it looks as if the senior is finally ready to explode on the scene.
“I’m just going to keep working,” White said. “If the ball comes to me I’m just going to keep trying to make plays and help my team out every week.”
Part of the 6-foot-1, 199-pound receivers recent success can be attributed to the relationship between him and Grier.
“It’s developing a lot,” Grier said. “He’s really just an awesome kid, awesome family, obviously a great football family. He’s a great guy, just stays the course and doesn’t complain and works hard.”
With White now on the same page as Sills and Jennings, WVU has three extremely talented threats on the field that have the potential to pulverize some Big 12 defenses.
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