Connect with us

College Football

Jahiem White Caps Off Freshman Season Graded as One of Nation’s Best Running Backs



WVU running back Jahiem White celebrates his touchdown against UNC in the Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Dec. 27, 2023. (Mitchell Northam / WV Sports Now)

Jahiem White started the year as a three-star recruit looking for an opportunity and ended it as one of the nation’s top running backs. In fact, one major outlet that evaluates player performance graded White’s 2023 season as one of the 10 best in the country.

White earned an 89.1 from PFF, which awards him the ninth highest grade among running backs. In his freshman season, White ran for 842 yards on 109 carries and scored four touchdowns. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry and added 125 more yards and two more scores as a receiver.

After starting the season behind CJ Donaldson, White eventually emerged as West Virginia’s leading rusher. White’s first big game came against BYU, running for 146 yards on only 16 carries. He then really caught everyone’s attention (including a former NFL MVP) after putting up monster numbers in a win over Cincinnati. White averaged 9.7 yards per touch, totaling 204 yards on the ground and then another 75 yards receiving.

Fortunately for WVU fans, White’s time as a Mountaineer is far from over. He pledged to be back for the 2024 season and build off the 9-win season and Duke’s Mayo Bowl victory.

The sky could very well be the limit for the recruit turned West Virginia sensation.

Get WVSN in your mailbox!

Enter your email address to subscribe to WVSN and receive notifications of new posts by email.