The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

January 26, 2009

White would love chance to be a Steeler

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BECKLEY —

Somebody will take a chance on White.

“I can’t tell you how many general managers and pro personnel guys who came in this year and the ‘wows!’ we got when they saw game tape of Patrick,” Stewart said.

Now, the trick is trading those college “ooohs” to professional “aaahs.”

If anybody can do it, White, as Mountaineer fans know, is the man to pull it off. He is no ordinary player.



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Stewart didn’t have to say who he was favoring in Sunday’s Super Bowl, pitting Arizona against Pittsburgh, what with is ties to Tomlin.

The question was, however, what he remembered about his days coaching with Tomlin, when he gave the youngster his start at VMI.

“Two of the best receivers I ever coached against were Michael Tomlin and Chris Beatty (now a Mountaineer assistant coach),” Stewart said. “If Michael Tomlin ran as fast as this guy sitting to my left (White), he’d still be playing in the NFL and (Pittsburgh Steelers receiver) Hines Ward would be coaching.”

Which is saying something, as Ward, known as a fierce blocker and a former Super Bowl MVP, is nearing potential Hall of Fame career status.

“Michael was a better blocking receiver than Ward,” Stew said. “He just didn’t have the speed.”

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