BALTIMORE - To say that Kevin White has had an up-and-down season so far for West Virginia's football team would be an understatement.
The junior college wide receiver was the talk of preseason camp in August. He missed the opening game against William & Mary with a foot injury. He had a breakout performance in his debut at Oklahoma with seven catches for 80 yards, but also had a huge fumble in the third quarter with the Mountaineers driving for a go-ahead touchdown. Then he had just two catches and as many drops before being replaced against Georgia State.
Where he will wind up on that roller coaster today when WVU plays Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium remains to be seen. But at least White isn't down on himself.
"I don't know what happened last week. I caught two, but I let two get away from me,'' White said. "But it's not like a cornerback or a DB has shut me down. Everything was my fault, the fumble and the drops.''
White is still in the starting lineup, at least according to the depth chart, but coach Dana Holgorsen said that who plays ultimately depends on who is making plays. It's that simple. White and fellow junior college transfers Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford will get their chances, but so will first-game starters K.J. Myers, Daikiel Shorts and Ivan McCartney.
"I specifically said we're going to start these three guys [White, Carswell and Alford] because these three guys bring something to the table that the other three don't possess, which is big-play potential,'' Holgorsen said. "Did we see that out of a couple of those guys? No. That's why I also said that K.J., Daikiel and Ivan were going to play a whole bunch.
"Ivan made a couple of downfield catches, Daikiel made big downfield catches and K.J. came in and was Mr. Consistency. They're all going to play. How much they play is going to be based on what their production level is.''
Ford Childress will make his second start at quarterback today, but the level of competition and the pressure he faces figure to be much different than they were against Georgia State.
Childress said this week that in order to neutralize some of Maryland's pressure, the Mountaineers need to get into formations that don't allow the Terps to just rush the passer. That means running formations and being able to run the ball.
Childress was at his best against Georgia State in those situations, particularly on play-action passes.