TAMPA — Now just over a month into his role as the University of South Florida’s starting quarterback, freshman Mike White still has plenty of learning to do.
White made his college debut on Oct. 26 against Louisville and made his first start later that week on Oct. 31 against Houston.
Offensive coordinator Walt Wells said White’s performance so far this season (79-for-144 for 942 yards with three touchdowns and eight interceptions) is on track with the coaching staff’s expectations.
“I think he’s probably right where we thought he might be, to be honest,” Wells said. “He came out of the gate fast and had a great game against Houston but people got some film on him and starting doing different things to him. As most freshmen do, he struggled a little bit.”
As White heads into the last game of the season, Wells estimated he’s running just more half of the team’s total offensive scheme.
“We’ve thrown a lot at him, probably 65 or 70 percent of our system, but how much we actually go through and use depends on him,” Well said. “Early on, we threw a lot at him but we’ve pared it down. … As we go through winter and spring, we expect him to be full bore. Right now, he’s at about 60 percent.”
Eatmon in a boot: Starting RT Quinterrius Eatmon wore a walking boot on his left foot at practice Tuesday. Wells said he was injured on the final drive of the game against UCF on Nov. 29 and is only wearing the boot as a precaution. Sophomore Mak Djulbegovic, from Carrollwood Day School, worked with the first-team offensive line in Eatmon’s place.