WR Xavier White
It could have been a disaster for this program when inside receiver Myles Price went down with a high ankle sprain against Kansas State. But because of the play of Xavier White, that hasn’t happened as the Lubbock native has stepped up in taking over Price’s spot in the starting lineup.
Catching 8 passes for 139 yards and a TD, White was Tech’s leading receiver on the day. In fact, he had only 70 fewer receiving yards than the entire West Virginia offense had.
"“We are all dangerous,” Price said of his receiving corps. “We are just a dangerous group, like you said, we have a lot of depth. Each one of us, when our numbers are called, we just make a play.”"
Remember that the Monterey product played running back for the past two seasons. That came after he began his career with Tech as an inside receiver. Then, before the 2022 season, he moved back to inside receiver where he’s flourished.
"“When I heard (Zach) Kittley was coming I just thought it was a good opportunity just to go back to receiver,” he said. “That is just where I am more natural at. Just having that offense and having those playmakers around me just puts me in a great position to be where I am at right now.”"
Price is close to returning and could be back for next weekend’s home game against Baylor. Thus, Tech could deploy both he and White at the same time and that would make this offense rather tough to defend given that both have proven capable of being big-play threats.
What White has done in Price’s absence though has been monumental. Since the start of the Kansas State game, he’s caught 25 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. And for having another big day in the win over the Mountaineers, he deserves a game ball.