White ready for next challenge
TCU is coming off arguably their biggest win of the season last week as they escaped Morgantown with a 31-30 win over then No.20 West Virginia. The win propelled the Frogs to 7-1 on the season and 4-1 in Big 12 play and has pushed them up to No. 6 in the latest AP Poll. The Frogs defense held Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett to just 162 yards through the air; which was roughly half of what the senior quarterback had averaged on the year; averaging well over 300 yards per game. As impressive as limiting Trickett was for the defense, most impressive was the non-existence of Mountaineer receiver Kevin White. White entered the game as one of the top receivers in the nation; averaging over 130 yards per game with 8 touchdown receptions. TCU countered with their version of Kevin White and the senior cornerback turned in perhaps the best game of his career by limiting West Virginia’s White to only 3 receptions for 28 yards. White on Tuesday gave the credit of his stellar game to head coach Gary Patterson. “Coach P had us prepared well for that game. He put us in a lot of different schemes and a lot of different things to take pressure off of me and the defense,” White said. “He just let us go out there and make plays; it’s a credit to Coach P and our d-line getting a lot of pressure as well.” The Frogs showed great resiliency by coming back from a 13-0 deficit in the first quarter. It was the first time all season the Frogs had trailed by more than one score. White says the win at West Virginia, and the way they accomplished it, gives them a lot of confidence moving forward. “It gives us a lot of confidence; we didn’t play our best game and we still found a way to win in a hostile environment,” he said. “It was definitely a confidence boost for us.” White will be asked to step up again this week with Kansas State visiting Amon G. Carter stadium in a top ten battle that will give the winner an edge in the race for the Big 12 title. Last week it was White, this week Tyler Lockett is a guy that has given opposing secondary units’ problems this season. “He’s a great player, this is my third year of playing against him,” White said of Lockett. “He’s a great player and runs great routes. I’m looking forward to the challenge.” White says there aren’t very many similarities in the Kevin White and Lockett, but he compared Lockett to a former West Virginia receiver. “They’re different receivers; Kevin White was a bigger receiver and a guy that played the ball really well in the air,” White said. “Lockett is more of a quick speed guy; he reminds me of how Tavon Austin moved a little bit. He’s similar to him in that matter.” A win against Kansas State on Saturday will help TCU inch closer to the top four in the College Football Playoff Rankings. For White, he knows it could all go away if they pay too much attention to the rankings instead of focusing on each week’s opponent. “You hear it and you’ve got outside people talking but you really can’t focus on it,” White said. “We’ve just got to focus on playing the next game; it doesn’t matter what the rankings are if we come out and lose so we’ve just got to focus on playing a great game and get the win.”
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