The crowd gathered around Geno Smith, as well it should, the pencils and the cameras hanging on every word the man anointed as West Virginia’s quarterback of the future would say.
Yes, his foot was broken.
No, it wasn’t bothering him and he was able to throw, if not run.
He was pleasant, friendly, cooperative and eager to become the leader of this West Virginia football team that had just gone through its first spring drill.
“The intangibles, like leadership, are the first thing the NFL scouts look for in a quarterback,” he said.
Off to one side, wearing a gold No. 11 jersey, waiting patiently for the No. 1 quarterback to finish his interviews so that the few people who wanted to talk to him could break free, was Coley White, perhaps the most gripping story there is in this camp.
It is hard to wonder what goes on within the mind of Coley White, for his situation is a difficult one.
To begin with, he is Patrick White’s younger brother, possessing a similar look, a similar body build. Both are left-handed, Patrick a bit taller. Both are athletic, but to date Coley has had little chance to put his on display.
First there was Patrick on hand for his senior year, then Jarrett Brown. That left him little wiggle room and, as the two years passed, Coley didn’t pass, so to speak. His passing just never really developed to the point that the Mountaineer coaches felt they could put the team’s future on his passing arm.
It wasn’t easy for the kid out Alabama, for the dream always was to follow to his brother and to be a big time quarterback.
Not another Patrick White, mind you. That wasn’t a goal. He looks at himself as a different person, his own person.