Lost among all the talented receivers in the ACC last season was Georgia Tech wide receiver Dez White. With Peter Warrick at FSU and Torry Holt at N.C. State garnering the attention of media and fans alike, few people noticed the astounding numbers that White put up. Opposing cornerbacks certainly took notice.
White burned ACC secondaries for 46 receptions for 973 yards and nine touchdowns. He capped his breakout season by being named co-MVP of the Gator Bowl after hauling in two long touchdown passes to help the Yellow Jackets beat Notre Dame.
All this from a player who had no receptions heading into last season, and was battling for his job right up until the year started.
White has the one asset that coaches can't teach -- blistering speed, and he uses it to his advantage in nearly every game, catching passes and returning kicks.
He nearly single-handedly brought Tech back from a 21-point deficit against Virginia last year, catching fourth-quarter TD passes of 35 and 54 yards to finish the day with 243 yards receiving, six receptions and three TDs. He scored the game-winning TD that day on a simple slant pattern on which he outran the Cavalier secondary to the end zone.
The Yellow Jackets have high hopes this season of reaching the BCS, and
if they are to get there, it likely will be with White's speedy legs pulling
the team along.