What White is doing with those catches is putting his name close to other MSU receiving greats.
In his first two games, he has caught 14 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. If White plays in the same number of games as he did in 2017, 11, he would be on pace for a split of 77/1006/11 TDs. With those numbers, White would have third most receptions, tenth most receiving yards and tied for sixth most touchdowns in Michigan State history.
I can hear the criticism through the screen already.
“It has been two games.”
“These numbers are not sustainable.”
“They have not even played in the Big Ten yet.”
These points do hold true, but that is the best part.
Cody White is arguably the number one receiver on this team as a sophomore, and already putting up historical numbers. He is still developing and the players that surround White’s projections include names like BJ Cunningham, Andre Rison, Charles Rogers and Tony Lippett.
Two things fans want to know after hearing this should be how is he doing it and can he continue to do so?
He has been available to Lewerke on almost every crucial play in the first two weeks and has made catch after contested catch. Against Utah State, in a situation where the Spartans could not afford to kick another field goal, White creates separation. He allows Lewerke to look off the defense and there White is in the back of the end zone.
Or again a week later, when every time the offense had possession it felt like one step forward and two steps back, White stepped up. On first and 25, he made a move and got the step on the Arizona State defender and Lewerke had enough confidence in White to make the throw.
It pays off. Of course it does. These intangibles do not just go away.
Fans saw White have a spectacular season as a freshman. There is no reason he cannot continue what he has started this year and continue to shred defenses while being a reliable target for Lewerke.
To clarify, White will be phenomenal throughout the 2018 season and the rest of his stay in East Lansing.
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