Former two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year and West Virginia legend Pat White has become the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Campbell University.
White spent 2021 as the QB coach at Alabama State and was the running backs coach at South Florida prior to that. His biggest impact as a coach thus far has been during his two seasons at Alcorn State (2018-19) when he coached two different quarterbacks to SWAC Offensive Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. Alcorn State won back-to-back SWAC titles in those years under prolific offenses.
During his time as the Mountaineers quarterback, White was spectacular and was one of the most explosive players in college football from 2006-09. Campbell University’s website tells the statistical story of his career quite nicely.
“White posted a 35-8 record as the starting quarterback for the Mountaineers (sixth all-time in the NCAA record books for QB victories at the time), and became the first quarterback to have started and won four bowl games. He was named MVP of a bowl game three times (Gator, Fiesta & Meineke Car Care) and led WVU to an upset victory over the No. 9-ranked SEC champion Georgia in the 2006 BCS Nokia Sugar Bowl and a stunning 20-point upset over No. 4-ranked Big 12 champion Oklahoma in the 2008 BCS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.”
“Named Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 and a first-team All-Big East honoree three times (2006-08), White finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting in 2007 and seventh in 2008. White finished his career with 6,051 yards and 56 touchdowns passing and 4,480 yards and 47 touchdowns rushing for a West Virginia record of 10,531 total yards and 103 touchdowns, the only player in Big East history to ever account for over 100 touchdowns from any position and the second-most total yards in league history.”
I can still remember watching White rip Oklahoma to shreds in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl to the tune of a 48-28 blowout. That was as shocking a loss as you could imagine for a 12-year-old Sooner fan. If I’m being honest, it still stings a little.
White has since been inducted into the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame (2018) and will forever be revered in the Mountain State. Now, he will try to build his legacy as a coach, and from the looks of it, he’s off to a terrific start.
White’s Mountaineers take on Minnesota in the Guaranteed Rate Bowl on December 28th in Phoenix, Arizona.