The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

College Sports

May 2, 2010

Will White remain in picture?

Mountaineers QB had solid showing in Gold-Blue game

MORGANTOWN — So what to make of Coley White, the West Virginia quarterback/question mark, brother of a Mountaineer legend and sole signal-caller in Friday night’s Gold-Blue game that ended spring drills at Milan Puskar Stadium?

Is he the gunslinger who completed 16-of-25 passes for 162 yards and three touchdowns while leading the Blue team (starters)?

Or is he closer to the QB who was 6-for-11 for 27 yards and two picks for the Gold against the Blue (starting) defense?

The answer is probably somewhere in the middle.

The real question is, will he even figure into the Mountaineers’ plans at QB when fall drills roll around.

Likely, WVU coach Bill Stewart said after the game, a 38-0 win for the starters. For no other reason than Stewart and offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen know what he can do now.

“I liked the way Coley stepped up and made plays with our offense,” Stewart said. “He’s been written off, talked off and probably told by people that he’s not going to be the guy. A lot of people said that, but not me. I told him I would move him to slot (receiver) if he wishes, but I want to keep his hand in the quarterback mix.”

Which is fine by the 6-foot, 175-pound sophomore, who has not attempted a pass in a game but had seven yards rushing against Marshall last year.

Or even a slash role, made famous by Kordell Stewart. Or the Wildcat his brother and former Mountaineer great Patrick ran with limited success for the Miami Dolphins last season.

“We (White and Mountaineer coaches) haven’t really talked about it,” he said. “I don’t know what my role is going to be. Whatever I can do to help the team.”

His teammates gained respect for the Daphne, Ala., native.

“I knew Coley was going to be a great passer and do things that people thought he couldn’t do,” said receiver Jock Sanders, who had eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown from White. “He worked hard on the intangibles and the things he needs to be successful. He’s a White — look at his brother! He gets better every day, and he will keep working on it.”

The No. 1 going into fall camp will be last year’s backup to graduated Jarrett Brown, Geno Smth. And there are two big-time QB recruits coming in the fall in Barry Brunetti and Jeremy Johnson.

“I don’t know what those two freshmen coming in can do,” Stewart said. “I hope Geno is healthy, but if not, we’ll go with White and (wide receiver Brad) Starks.

“Until we know the hand we’re dealt in the fall, it will be Smith and the two freshmen. White will stay at quarterback, but he will play slot like Starks.”

Stedman Bailey was a high school teammate of Smith at Miramar High in Florida.

So you know they have a knowledge of one another.

But over the spring, Bailey became a favorite of White.

“With Coley taking all of the reps, we kind of developed a chemistry there,” said Bailey, who caught three passes, including two for touchdowns. “He seemed to be looking for me and he found me quite a bit.”

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