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Posted Oct 29, 2013 by Joey Johnston
Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Even before he was named starting quarterback at the University of South Florida, true freshman Mike White was considered a student of the game.
Now he is proving it.
USF coach Willie Taggart said he’s impressed with the preparation of White, who leads the Bulls (2-5, 2-1 American Athletic Conference) into Thursday night’s Halloween road game against the Houston Cougars (6-1, 3-0).
“I think he’s a coach now, I’ve seen him around so much,’’ Taggart said. “He wants it. I’m leaving and he’s still here and I’m like, ‘Wow!’ You got to love it. Hopefully it transfers onto the football field. Usually, it does. You put the work in and it does (transfer).’‘
Taggart stopped short of making an unfair comparison, but he said White’s approach reminds him of Andrew Luck. As an assistant coach, Taggart helped recruit Luck to Stanford University for Coach Jim Harbaugh.
“He was the same way as a true freshman, just constantly watching film,’’ Taggart said. “You knew it was only a matter of time before he was going to show everyone what he was capable of doing.
“That’s what it takes to be a big-time quarterback in college football. I’m pretty sure with all those big-name quarterbacks, if you see any similarities, it’s going to be their work ethic. They understand what’s going on and they can adjust to it on the field.’‘
Taggart said he asked White for a couple of his favorite plays from Fort Lauderdale University School, which he led to last season’s Class 3A state title, and they might be in the game plan for Houston. Taggart said he’s not asking White to win the game, but to simply protect the ball, manage the game and let the team itself win the game. He won’t compare anyone to Luck, but the former All-American, now the Indianapolis Colts, is a great example for methods of success.
“If you want (to be) a great one, he’s a prime example of how to be a great one from Day One,’’ Taggart said. “For us, we’d love to have Andrew Luck, but we’re just looking for a little luck.
“We’d like to get there, just a little bit. Not the whole Andrew. Just a little bit.’‘
White will be USF’s fourth starting quarterback this season, along with Matt Floyd, Bobby Eveld and Steven Bench.