• John Macon Gillespie

White Shines in Spring Game

Khris White has waited his time do what he does best. It wasn’t so bad either. After all, he played defensive back for the 4A state champion Noxubee County last fall.

But in his mind, he was waiting on the opportunity to line up behind center and run the offense. Growing up watching Nick Marshall(Auburn), Trevone Boykin(TCU) and Lamar Jackson(Louisville), playing quarterback was his desire.

“It’s a position I’m natural at,” White told SES Mississippi. “My athleticism and natural ability to make plays when no one is open help me stand out.”

This past weekend White and his Tiger teammates wrapped up their spring drills with a jamboree matchup against Canton. It was one of six games played at Starkville high on Friday and Saturday. And it would be hard to argue that White didn’t make the biggest statement of the entire weekend of action.

He put on a clinic with accurate passes downfield, stellar timing on short passes and screens, excellent poise in the redzone and the escapability to extend plays and make things happen. He looked like the right fit, possibly the key, to unlock the potential of this Noxubee offense that is stacked with talent at the skill positions.

“Overall, I had a good game (Saturday). My teammates and coaches applauded me, but I still have room to improve,” White explained.

One area White wants to improve is going through his progressions quicker. Getting reps, like he did last Saturday and will again in August, as well as mental reps are the way he plans to get better.

That means he’ll spend plenty of time between now and this season watching film and correcting the mistakes he sees.

That drive is something the rising junior can bring to the table in the form of leadership for his team. Noxubee County will need to dig deep if they are to repeat as state champions as they did back in 2014-15.

“We are hungry to get back to the state championship game and win it again,” White noted. “Our new, team motto is ‘New beginning, same ending.’ That’s our motivation to reach our goal.”

Motivation is something White has no shortage of. It’s hard to overstate the drive he has to be great.

That drive is what landed him in the role of quarterback for one of the state’s best programs. Noxubee County has produced some spectacular signal callers over the years, such as: Omarr Conner, Tamarcus Conner, Ti’Morrius Conner and last season Armoni Clark.

Clark was able to catch fire down the stretch last season, which proved to be the guiding force behind the Tigers title run.

On Saturday, White picked up where Clark left off. This season, as well as the next, look promising for White and the Tigers. And he’s not just focused on being the best of those QBs named either.

“I want to be one of the best athletes to come through Noxubee,” He said.

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