Clutch Warrior Cody White Poised For Breakout Season

Clutch Warrior Cody White Poised For Breakout Season

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Clutch Warrior Cody White Poised For Breakout Season

True freshman receiver established himself as Michigan State’s go-to 3rd down man in ’17. Now, White will continue on a path that can lead to Spartan greatness and beyond.

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Cody White was an absolute beast throughout Michigan State’s 2017 football season.

The numbers don’t even properly convey the way White exploded as a true freshman, setting himself up for one of the more impactful wide receiver careers in the history of Michigan State football.

Let’s get one thing clear before going any further –

Most people who haven’t ever set foot inside of Ingham County wouldn’t realize that Michigan State has one of the better rundowns of prolific wide receivers in the history of college football.

Gene Washington.

Kirk Gibson.

Mark Ingram.

Andre Rison.

Daryl Turner.

James Bradley.

Courtney Hawkins.

Muhsin Muhammad.

Nigea Carter.

Derrick Mason.

Gari Scott.

Plaxico Burress.

Herb Haygood.

Charles Rogers.

Devin Thomas.

B.J. Cunningham.

Keshawn Martin.

Keith Mumphrey.

Tony Lippett.

Aaron Burbridge.

Every one of these former Spartan wide receivers was drafted by and played for an NFL team.

That’s a hell of a list of wide receivers – particularly for a program that many people incorrectly think runs a Woody Hayes type of offense.

Cody White has a chance to have his name right alongside all of those wide receivers listed who became NFLers after tearing up defenses while wearing the Green & White.

As a true freshman, White hauled in a modest 35 catches for a season total of 490 yards.

He averaged 14 yards per catch.

He caught four touchdown passes.

While senior Felton Davis III will certainly be this season’s most heralded go-to man, does any Spartan fan out there dispute that with a crucial 3rd and long at hand, getting the ball to Cody White is the right approach?

It’s here where White separated himself in 2017’s bounce back campaign.

Of Cody White’s 35 receptions, 12 came on third down.

Of Cody White’s 490 yards, 218 came on third down.

So, over White’s 12 receptions on third down, he averaged 18 yards per catch.

On 11 of White’s 12 third down catches, Michigan State faced third down and 6 or more yards to go.

The numbers here don’t lie:

On 3rd and long, Cody White hauled in 12 catches for 218 yards, averaging 18 yards a catch in the situation.

Serious question: is there a receiver across all of college football that can boast that type of stat line on 3rd down and long?

Listed last season at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, it’s reasonable to think that this kid still has growing to do.

Perhaps a few more pounds on his frame turn him into an even more powerful possession receiver.

Perhaps Ken Mannie’s maniacal weight room leadership increases Cody White’s downfield speed and, boom, Brian Lewerke has a lightning bolt of a deep threat too.

We’re talking here about a player that has not yet even completed his freshman year as a student at Michigan State.

There are big things in store for Cody White in 2018.

Defensive coordinators around the Big Ten are going to need to devise game plans that account for White in all situations – particularly 3rd and long scenarios.

Lewerke’s chemistry with White was very good in 2017 and would seem to be poised to only increase as the two work together between now and September.

Kirk Cousins and BJ Cunningham seemed to know what the other was going to do in every situation.

Spartan fans should have a bullish optimism about Lewerke and White forming what could end up being an all-timer of a combo for Michigan State.

But before the potential legacy plays out, there is work to be done to make sure that this coming season is a significant step forward for Cody White.

It says here that White’s step forward will be a major one and that it will be be one of many that will contribute to yet another magical season for Michigan State under Mark Dantonio.

 

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