OK, it’s his non-throwing arm, but, still, that’s Jack Bauer-level impressive.
On the first play of USF’s eventual seven-point loss to Maryland last weekend, Mike White suffered a compression fracture in his left forearm and wrist and didn’t return to the game. Despite those injuries, however, it appears possible, perhaps even likely, White will start Saturday’s game against North Carolina State.
White has been practicing this week, albeit with a hard cast on his left arm to protect the injury. Said head coach Willie Taggart, “[h]e threw some balls, he handed the ball off, he took some snaps and he looked pretty good.”
Taggart did stop short of naming White as the Bulls’ starter for the non-conference game, indicating instead that it’ll be a game-time decision.
Given how the coach talked up White for his ability to play with pain, however, it seems unlikely White won’t be with the offense when it first takes the field.
“When you have a team with guys who want to come out and play through the pain, that helps the team,’’ Taggart said. “That’s what you get with competitive kids. I’ve said from the start, it’s going to be hard for anyone with a low pain threshold to play here. Now guys are starting to notice that.”
That said, backups Steven Bench and Quinton Flowers have taken extra reps in practice this week just in case. Bench, the Penn State transfer who took over for White in the Maryland game, would get the start if the starter is unable to go.