Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Receiver Tries to Carve Own Niche Ka'raun White Quickly Escaping Brother's Shadow

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Receiver Tries to Carve Own Niche Ka'raun White Quickly Escaping Brother's Shadow

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The first detail Lonnie Galloway noticed about Ka'Raun White was the most unavoidable, the one that has, to some small extent, helped define White's young college career.

"He looks like Kevin," Galloway, West Virginia's wide receivers coach, said with a chuckle.

Kevin, of course, is Kevin White, Ka'Raun's older brother. Kevin was once where Ka'Raun was at the time Galloway was recruiting him, a little-known prospect at Lackawanna College in northeast Pennsylvania, hoping to attract a scholarship offer at a Football Bowl Subdivision school.

Two years after leaving Lackawanna, Kevin was a second-team All- American for the Mountaineers and a top-10 NFL draft pick, permanently changing the way his younger brother, a fellow wide receiver, would be viewed by the outside world.

Now in his first season at West Virginia, Ka'Raun understands this fact. But this sophomore wide receiver, coming off a win against Texas Tech in which he had a career-high five catches for 80 yards, is also out to forge his own path.

"When Ka'Raun was with us, I don't think we mentioned Kevin five times," Lackawanna coach Mark Duda said. "They don't want to be known as somebody's brother. They wanted to be known as who they are."

The comparisons exist for many reasons, some more valid than others. Physically, they're remarkably similar, from their height to the dreadlocks that dangle out of the back of their helmets.

The same blend of physicality and athleticism that propelled Kevin to stardom also can be seen in Ka'Raun, albeit in a much smaller sample size. Just last week in a win against Texas Tech, those traits were evident when Red Raiders cornerback Nigel Bethel had an opening for a potential pick-6 only for White to step in, aggressively haul in a Skyler Howard pass mid-air and take it an extra 15 yards for a 30-yard gain.

For as much as those attributes make him such a valuable player, Ka'Raun struggled early in the season with how those same skills linked him to his brother. …

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