White shines in Pitt State debut

The former Pittsburg High School standout racked up 105 yards and a touchdown Saturday.

PITTSBURG, Kan.  – Dylan White made a splash on Saturday in his first game in a Pitt State uniform.

“Growing up watching Gorilla football, it’s all you dream of,” White says, “Being able to come out here and do that, it felt awesome.”

The former Purple Dragon caught 5 passes for 105 yards on Saturday, including a 72-yard touchdown from QB Mak Sexton in the third quarter.

“We had that play early on in the game, and it was there, we just couldn’t execute it,” White says of the long score, “Later on it came back, and coach Wright made a good play call and Mak put the ball where it needed to be. Everybody else did their job, which let me do my job.”

“I knew what he could do in terms of some of the balls that go over the top,” adds Pitt State wide receivers coach Matt Karleskint, “He’s going to chase them down and take them. He exceeded my expectations in game one.”

“Once we got the first play out of the way, I kind of got relaxed,” White says of his first game, “In the moment it didn’t really feel like anything. You know, just catching the football and running.”

White was an All-State player at Pittsburg High, earning 4A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior under head coach Tom Nickelson.

“It looks very familiar,” Nickelson says of watching White at the college leve, “Different number, but we saw Dylan behind secondaries most of his career as a junior and a senior.”

“He was a no-brainer for us coming out of high school,” Karleskint says, “We call him a five-clipper. You watch five clips of his film and go okay, we’re good here. Let’s move on.”

“He’s always had that next gear and been able to run somebody down, run by somebody or run to a ball,” Nickelson adds, “It’s just god-given, and when he needs it, it’s there.”

While it was a breakout game for the redshirt freshman, White says he’s got plenty of room to grow.

“After the game I was already ready to get back to work,” White finishes, “We didn’t get the win, which is what we come out week in and week out to do. So I mean, not coming out with the win, we’re never satisfied. We have to bounce back this week, and hopefully have a lot of film to look over and see what I can do better.”

Pittsburg State dropped Saturday’s game to Nebraska-Kearney 31-26. The Gorillas will be back on the field this Saturday, on the road against Missouri Western.