clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Kyzir White is the Hammer in WVU’s Defensive Backfield

New, 4 comments

How much pain will he inflict on opponents in 2017?

TCU v West Virginia Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

We’re back again today with another edition of our 2017 Mountaineer football profile series. Today, we’ll take a look at Safety Kyzir White, the youngest of his name and, hopefully, the next great Mountaineer Safety to wear the number 8.

Kyzir White, S, No. 8

Year: Sr

Height: 6’2

Weight: 216

Hometown: Macungie, Pa

High School, JuCo: Emmaus High School, Lackawanna College

How he got to Morgantown

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. After finishing his high school career at Emmaus High School, White spent two years at Lackawanna College. Kyzir was a highly regarded recruit and number 1 safety recruit coming out of Junior College. He enrolled at WVU and was an immediate starter in 2016.

Career Highlight

2017 Prospectus

In his first season at West Virginia, Kyzir stepped confidently and immediately into his starting role. He tallied 58 tackles, seven of which went for a loss. He showed that he can create havoc (see above highlight), with 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Those Junior season stats stack up pretty well against another Mountaineer Safety who wore number 8, Karl Joseph.

Kyzir is, by far, the most experienced and talented safety returning from last season. He will, however, benefit from the return of Dravon Askew-Henry who started in 2015, but missed all of last year due to injury. All signs show that White should pick up where he left off and continue to lay monster hits on opposing players at all levels in the defense.

Even incremental improvement will place Kyzir on every NFL team’s radar. Having such a proven commodity coming towards the line of scrimmage from the defensive backfield should help ease the transition for a less experienced front six. 2017 looks bright for Kyzir White.

Dream Season

Kyzir shows that he is just as good and even better than everyone thought. The measurable stats only improve a little bit, but the results and highlights are undeniable. White is the physical leader on the defense, helps Tony Gibson show once again how much of a magician he is, and places himself high on the NFL draft boards.

Up Next

Next up is White’s fellow safety, Dravon Askew-Henry.