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Where Does WVU’s Jahiem White Rank Among Big 12 Running Backs?



WVU Football RB Jahiem White
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A big reason for West Virginia’s successful 2023 season was the emergence of Jahiem White. And now a big reason some believe the Mountaineers can take another step in 2024 is also Jahiem White.

Can White transition from freshman sensation to one of the best running backs in the entire country? At least one national outlet believes that’s a very real possibility. PFF has White ranked as the highest graded running back in the Big 12. White has a 89.1 grade, just a bit behind Texas Tech’s Tahj Brooks at 90.1.

This follows PFF showing they feel White is already elite, placing White as one of the highest graded running backs for the 2023 season in January.

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.

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

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 last season.

While White should be even better with a college season under his belt, he won’t be able to surprise anyone this year. But if White does live up the hype, the Mountaineer offense should be more potent than it’s been in years, especially if quarterback Garrett Greene delivers on the lofty expectations PFF has for him as well.

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