Cody White Is A Superstar

Cody White Is A Superstar

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Cody White Is A Superstar

There were positives in Michigan State’s 16-13 loss to Arizona State in Tempe on Saturday night. Among them – the not-at-all-surprising emergence of Cody White as the Spartans’ next superstar.

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There are a lot of non-actual-football folks out there in the Twitter and on Al Gore’s internet who have sites and showcasts and substantial Instasnap subscribers who are going to spend hours dissecting the game film from Michigan State’s 16-13 loss to Arizona State Saturday night.

That’s fine and good – people will like the analyses that come out of the film sessions and chances are really good that Mark Dantonio will listen to the analyses and apply the polite suggestions made by these folks.

SpartansWire is going to do two things with regard to the point we’re going to make within this article that you’re currently reading that don’t include watching game film, however.

The first thing we’re going to do is take a simple look at a stat line belonging to Cody White from Saturday night:

Here are White’s numbers:

  • 9 catches
  • 113 yards
  • 12.6 yards per catch
  • Long – 31 yards
  • 1 touchdown

The other thing we’re going to do is close our eyes and think back to the game and concentrate on the thoughts we get when we think about how many times Brian Lewerke saw Cody White, chucked the ball to Cody White, and Cody White made fantastic catches that almost led Michigan State to a win in a very tough ball game.

Brian Lewerke finished the night 27 for 39 with 314 yards and a touchdown.

Cody White was responsible for, basically, a third of the offensive output through the air.

** If we want to get really specific, Cody White was responsible for 100% of the touchdown receptions on the night for the Spartans.

Lewerke’s connection with White on the touchdown that could have been the moment when Michigan State might have taken control of the game was gorgeous and should give Spartans who are groggy today something to cling to from this disappointing loss.

Make no mistake – Felton Davis is still the most dangerous weapon Lewerke and the Spartans have within the passing attack.

Davis finished the night with 5 catches for 64 yards – and things might have been a little niftier if Felton had a few more thrown his way but that’s tonic water near a bridge.

Cody White has obviously worked and worked and worked on developing and improving and becoming not just a reliable option for Lewerke but yet another dangerous weapon for Dave Warner and the Michigan State offense.

It’s worth a reminder – Cody White is a sophomore.

He did more than just show flashes of greatness last season as a freshman – by the end of the season, he had become a very valuable option who Lewerke could depend on and use as an option at any time.

On Saturday night in Tempe, in 100-degree heat and in a game that was intense all night long, Cody White had a bit of a coming out party.

The attention given to his performance might not be as widespread as it could be due to the focus on the Spartans’ frustrating loss.

However, Cody White is a good example of how this 2018 season isn’t an “all or nothing” type of situation for these Spartans.

On the Spartans’ current offensive depth chart’s “first team,” the seniors are Felton Davis, David Beedle, Matt Sokol, LJ Scott, and Colin Lucas.

On the two-deep, the seniors are Brandon Sowards, Chase Gianacakos, and Ben Line.

The point here is obvious – a year from now, Michigan State will, once again, be returning a major part of a 2018 team that we are still very bullish on.

And on Saturday night, Cody White gave us a very nice peek at the great potential he has to become one of the truly special wide receivers in Spartan history.

First things first, however – White needs to continue to strengthen the obvious chemistry he has with Lewerke and continue to be the reliable guy as well as the highlight machine.

If he can continue to grow and have ball games like he did against Arizona State, Michigan State’s passing game will go a long way towards allowing the underperforming rushing attack to find its way as this season progresses.

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