Sometimes in life there are hard realities that must be acknowledged. For example, when some societal norm or industry is getting killed, it’s probably the fault of those dang Millennials.
For us West Virginia University Mountaineer Football fans, there is an elephant in the room we need to acknowledge and come to grips with; the White family to WVU pipeline is coming to an end. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen acknowledged this reality in his Tuesday press conference saying, “The White family has meant a lot to me without a doubt.” He went on to add, “This is the end of the White era, this is sad.”
It all started with the oldest brother, Kevin White.
The 6’3″ 209 pound Wide Receiver from Macungie, Pennsylvania, transferred from Lackawanna College in Scranton in 2013.
In his first year with the program he played in 11 games. He recorded 35 receptions for 507 yards and five touchdowns. Nothing eye popping but the potential for stardom was evident.
In the following season in 2014, Kevin played a far more prominent role for the Mountaineers. He grabbed 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns.
His highlight reel from the 2014-2015 season speaks for itself. Kevin left an indelible mark on the WVU program grabbing the fanbases’ heart and paved the way for his brothers.
Kevin ranks ninth all time in program history with 144 receptions, 10th with 1,954 total receiving yards, and third with 10 games with 100 or more receiving yards. His 15 touchdown grabs ties him for 13th all time with Hall of Famer, Danny Buggs.
He was selected seventh overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. Kevin was rewarded with a four year contract worth $16.6 million along with a $10.3 million signing bonus according to Spotrac.com.
The 6,1″ 197 pound Wide Receiver, much like his brother Kevin, transferred from Lackawanna College. Ka’Raun did so in 2015.
As a sophomore in 2015 he recorded 15 catches for 275 yards. In 2016 Ka’Raun made 48 catches for 583 yards and five touchdowns. So far in the nine games in 2017 he has made 51 catches for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Ka’Raun White currently ranks 14th in WVU history with 114 catches with a handful of games left to play in 2017 season. He ranks 17th all time with 1,765 career receiving yards. He ranks 10th with five games of 100 or more receiving yards.
Finally, Ka’Raun ranks tied for 13th all time with 15 receiving touchdowns as a Mountaineer tying him with Danny Buggs and his older brother, Kevin White.
The 6’2″ 218 pound Safety joined his brothers Ka’Raun and Kevin when transferring from Lackawanna College in 2016.
In 2016 Kyzir recorded 58 tackles (48 solo and 10 assisted). Seven of those tackles were for losses. He also added two forced fumbles. This season, Kyzir has 53 tackles (36 solo and 17 assisted), three and a half tackles for losses, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Kyzir White has been often compared to Mountaineer great, Karl Joseph in that he has a knack for quickly recognizing where a play is developing and promptly laying bone crunching hits on opponents.
The White brothers are all over the West Virginia program record books. They deserve admiration and thanks as their family history ceases getting written into program history and becomes cemented as such.
Kevin, Ka’Raun, and Kyzir are all major reasons that the Mountaineers program has become so successful over the last few seasons as it entered a new era joining the Big 12. It’s clear Head Coach Dana Holgorsen realizes he has a lot to attribute to them when it comes to his own accolades.