Matt Waldman’s RSP Boiler Room examines QB Mike White displaying advanced skills at manipulating coverage.
I know what you’re thinking: Waldman’s going to show us a clip of a quarterback holding the safety to one side and throwing the ball to the open receiver breaking into the vacant space opposite the defensive back. It’s the kind of thing every former player gushes about on telecasts.
While that’s embedded in 2nd and 12 play from Mike White against Memphis in Western Kentucky’s bowl game, that’s not what has me excited about White’s performance here. Instead, I want you to see what White does after that well-known manipulation technique doesn’t work out.
It’s something I didn’t see top prospects like Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Mitchell Trubisky, or Deshaun Watson do in recent years. Many of them didn’t come anywhere close to White’s success in similar situations.
While on its own, it doesn’t make White a top prospect or future star, this play is one of the best individual displays of reading and manipulating coverage that I have seen from a college quarterback in recent years. If this kind of work occurs frequently in White’s game, he’ll be a name to know in April.
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