West Virginia safety Kyzir White watches as he misses a tackle on running back DÕOnta Foreman in the third quarter at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Top opponents for Texas in 2017, No. 38: West Virginia SS Kyzir White

Posted July 26th, 2017


The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.

Who is he?

In his first season with West Virginia, safety Kyzir White absolutely lived up to his name. He’s the third White brother to come through Morgantown. You’ve probably heard of Kevin White, the wide receiver who was drafted seventh overall by the Chicago Bears in 2015. There’s also Ka’Raun White, a redshirt senior wide receiver entering his third season.

RELATED: The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 19 West Virginia


Kyzir White spent his first two years of eligibility at Lackawanna College (Penn.) before arriving in 2016. He immediately made an impact with 58 total tackles (48 solo), 7.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. In the absence of Dravon Askew-Henry, he provided a much-needed anchor at the back of the defense.

What should the Longhorns watch for?

At 6-foot-2, 218 pounds, White has the kind of frame that NFL scouts drool over. He’s fast and physical, often blitzing late off the edge to catch teams by surprise. You might remember him doing that against the Longhorns, when he put Shane Buechele flat on his back with a vicious strip-sack. He’s not quite as active in pass protection, but he’ll have even more room to roam with Askew-Henry back beside him.

Previous encounters

That strip-sack was one of two sacks for White on Buechele. He finished with five total tackles, including four solo.

Catch up on the series

No. 100: Joel Lanning

No. 99: Tony Nicholson

No. 98: Da’Leon Ward

No. 97: Taylor Martin

No. 96: Kyler Murray

No. 95: Davion Hall

No. 94: Mike Warren

No. 93: Al-Rasheed Benton

No. 92: Carter Stanley

No. 91: Chris Bradley

No. 90: Justin Holmes

No. 89: Alex Barnes

No. 88: Daniel Wise

No. 87: Jesse Aniebonam

No. 86: Cole Walterscheid

No. 85: Shane Cockerille

No. 84: Martell Pettaway

No. 83: David Long

No. 82: Niko Small

No. 81: Cameron Batson

No. 80: Mike Lee

No. 79: Marcelias Sutton

No. 78: Carlos Strickland

No. 77: Anu Solomon

No. 76: Deshaunte Jones

No. 75: Byron Pringle

No. 74: LaQuvionte Gonzalez

No. 73: Zach Sinor

No. 72: Derrick Willies

No. 71: David Montgomery

No. 70: Dylan Cantrell

No. 69: Matt Boermeester

No. 68: Nick Orr

No. 67: Zach Smith

No. 66: Chad Whitener

No. 65: D.J. Moore

No. 64: Jermaine Carter Jr.

No. 63: Ty Summers

No. 62: Jacob Park

No. 61: Daylon Charlot

No. 60: Brendan Moore

No. 59: Brian Peavy

No. 58: Chris Hawkins

No. 57: Ty Johnson

No. 56: Dravon Askew-Henry

No. 55: Michael Pittman Jr.

No. 54: Hakeem Adeniji

No. 53: K.J. Smith

No. 52: JaMycal Hasty

No. 51: Steven Sims Jr.

No. 50: Taylor Young

No. 49: Joseph Noteboom

No. 48: Kenny Hill

No. 47: Jeff Badet

No. 46: Tre Flowers

No. 45: Kennedy McKoy

No. 44: Bobby Evans

No. 43: Austin Seibert

No. 42: Patrick Lawrence

No. 41: Winston Dimel

No. 40: Terence Williams

No. 39: Will Geary

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