June 12, 2006

QB Pat White becomes summer Chief

They call him the "Chief," and there is a good reason for that.

Actually, there are two of them.

First, Pat White's father, Bo Sr., is the fire chief back in Daphne, Ala., where the younger White became an All-State 6A quarterback before earning Honorable Mention All-American honors at West Virginia in a record-setting 2005 season.

The other is because Pat, whose brother Bo Jr., is the Mountaineers offensive graduate assistant, learned well from his fire-squelching Dad.

"I guess you could say I have been a leader since I was in high school," White said Thursday. "It's just been kind of a natural thing."

Natural, to the point that head coach Rich Rodriguez has put him essentially in charge of the so-called summer voluntary workouts, at least those that take place on the Mountaineer Field carpet when strength and conditioning maven Mike Barwis isn't working out the troops.

This, you would expect from an All-Big East coach and his quarterback who slayed Georgia in its own backyard in January for the Sugar Bowl trophy. But the term leader becomes incumbent on White, since the coaches take no part in the Mountaineers' daily regimen until the first of August when preseason drills begin.

"We're (the quarterbacks) supposed to be leaders 24 hours a day," says White.

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