West Virginia Mountaineer legend Pat White is getting his start in coaching, as the FCS Alcorn State Braves are expected to name him as their new quarterbacks coach this week, according to the Natchez Democrat’s Garrett Kroeger.
Per sources, Alcorn State is expected to hire former West Virginia standout QB Pat White as it’s QB coach. It will be officially announced by the school early this week
— Garrett Kroeger (@GKroegs) April 14, 2018
The hiring will mark White’s first-ever job as a coach, four years after he last suited up on the football field for the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos. White will attempt to boost an Alcorn State team that went 7-5 last season and lost in the SWAC Championship Game to Grambling State.
White was one of the most celebrated and popular players in the history of West Virginia football, becoming the first quarterback in NCAA history to start and win four consecutive bowl games as the star of the Rich Rodriguez-led Mountaineer teams that made West Virginia a national contender.
The focal point of West Virginia’s run-first spread attack, White rushed for 4,480 yards in his WVU career, setting a Division I record that was broken by Michigan’s Denard Robinson in 2014. White’s incredible playmaking ability as a runner and a passer made him a second-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he only played sparingly in brief NFL stints with the Dolphins and Redskins.
A dual-threat star in college, White’s skillset could prove perfect for Alcorn State. The Braves used the quarterback run heavily in 2017, as top quarterbacks Lenorris Footman and Noah Johnson combined for nearly 800 yards on the ground.