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January 26, 2009

White would love chance to be a Steeler



“I just have to keep working hard and get better,” White said. “Every day I just have to go out and compete, make myself (a better player).”

He is sure of a couple things.

He wants to remain at quarterback, not move around to different positions a la Antwan Randle-El.

“My mindset is that I’m a quarterback,” White said. “And I’m going to be a quarterback until someone tells me I’m not a quarterback anymore.”

As a baseball player who has been selected in the MLB draft twice, he is also sure he isn’t going to be on a diamond anytime soon.

“I haven’t played baseball in four or five years,” White said. “I don’t think I’ll be picking up a bat and glove any time soon.”

White will be back in Morgantown in early March as well for the WVU Pro Day.

Last year Pittsburgh Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin was at the event.

Tomlin was given his coaching start by none other than Stewart, who is also a friend of Steelers player personnel director Kevin Colbert.

Which led Stewart into a story illustrating White’s NFL-ready status.

“When we played North Carolina in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, that last touchdown that Patrick threw to Alric Arnett was a pro-type pass,” Stewart said. “Butch (Davis, a former NFL coach and now the Tar Heels coach) runs an NFL-type defense. (Arnett) was his third read on that play. That doesn’t happen (in college). After the bowl, I called Kevin Colbert and I told him, ‘Wait until you see the tape of this game and see the touchdown Patrick threw against your defense.’”

Whether or not the Steelers need a QB is debatable.

Ben Roethlisberger is obviously entrenched as the starter. Byron Leftwich, a one-year replacement for backup Charlie Batch, is obviously not returning, Batch is getting up there in NFL years and Dennis Dixon was drafted last year as Roethlisberger’s understudy.

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