My iPod - Pat White
The West Virginia QB talks about the music in his life
Posted: Tuesday September 12, 2006 5:48PM; Updated: Thursday September 14, 2006 12:37PM
We've all seen the on-field moves of West Virginia's Patrick White. His elusiveness has made the sophomore quarterback one of the nation's most explosive playmakers. Couple his running ability with a developing arm (10 of 14, 168 yards, two touchdowns in West Virginia's season-opening 42-10 win over Marshall) and White is poised to become one of the college game's deadliest QBs.
What's not as widely-known is that White can be just as elusive with the media as he is with opposing linebackers. The soft-spoken signal-caller is very polite, but his responses are often short and sweet.
I recently sat down with White to go over some of his favorite songs, and while his list wasn't long, a quick pattern emerged in his choices.
* Jay-Z - Song Cry
* Jay-Z - Excuse Me Miss
* Outkast - Morris Brown
* Jay-Z and Pharrell - Frontin'
As you can see, White's favorite artist is Jay-Z. "You can throw any Jay-Z in there and I'll listen to it," he admits.
While many athletes at all levels like to listen to music prior to games, White prefers to just take it easy. "[West Virginia's sophomore running back Steve] Slaton will slip an earphone in my ear if he's listening to a song that he knows I like," he says. "That's about it, though."
Of course, when he was growing up in Daphne, Ala., White didn't always have the option of listening to Jay-Z. "I grew up listening to old Motown and things like that," says the speedy sophomore. "When I was young, I had no choice but to listen to what my parents listened to. I like a lot of blues, but I can't really tell you the names of any particular songs."
Another of White's favorite songs has a unique twist: he's mentioned in it. Rapper 6'6" 240 has released a song titled "Gold N Blue" about the Mountaineers football team. The second verse opens with:
"Yea, that's right we've got Pat White.
The song is blared over the speakers at Milan Puskar Stadium during warmpus, and White admits that it's pretty unique to be part of a rap. "It gets us excited for the game and pumped up," he says with a slight grin. "I guess it is a little different."
Regardless of what's on his playlist, White and the Mountaineers are focused on dancing back to the BCS.
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