July 25, 2006

History in the making '06: WVU pre-camp analysis

ANALYSIS

Today begins a several-part series on the Mountaineers, a 2006 Top 4 pick coming off their greatest bowl victory in history.

Let's start at quarterback and Pat White and move on from there:

QUARTERBACK

Pat White started for the first time in the eighth game last season and electrified the college football world.

In his first true year in head coach Rich Rodriguez's spread offense, White replaced injured Adam Bednarik in the fourth quarter of the Louisville game and led his team to the thrilling 3-OT victory. The Mountaineers have yet to lose.

At 6-2, 190, White is the most lithe of the three quarterbacks with any chance to play this season. But with 4.42 speed, a 9-5 standing broad jump and 325-pound hang clean, the question becomes who can catch him. It will be tough to get a hat on the young man who averaged 7.3 yards per carry. Remember, Lefty hung 220 on Pitt.

The good thing about White is this: Last year he was learning Rod's offense, this season he will know more about the opponents' defense.

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