White is a candidate for top D-II lineman
During his career at Parkland, Kyle White was one of the best linemen on the Trojan football team.
After four years at Lock Haven, White is getting recognition on the defensive line at the national level.
White, a 2010 graduate of Parkland High School, was nominated for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award following the completion of his senior season. White totaled 42 tackles (29 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception for the Bald Eagles.
"Over the past couple of years, I think we've had a couple of nominations," White said. "I just think it shows that we're gaining a reputation around the league. I think that's a great thing."
The award, which is voted on by sports information directors from football playing schools in NCAA's Division II, has been given since 2004.
While White had certainly improved his play from his previous three seasons, the nomination was a bit of a surprise to even him.
"I had no idea until the last couple weeks when I saw a headline of it," White said. "It means a lot. It shows me that some hard work paid off. Especially if we couldn't win as many games as we would've liked, it's nice to get some of the accolades and whatnot. Obviously I couldn't do it without the other people around me."
His statistics were certainly impressive this season. His tackles for loss were second-best on the team. His sacks were tied for third and his total tackles ranked tied for sixth. But winning has always been a top priority.
White has had a number of memorable games as a Bald Eagle over his career, in particular his final season. In the team's second game of the season against Cheyney, he recorded six tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and an interception, arguably his best game statistically.
Against Millersville in late October, he tallied five tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss (season-high), and finished the season against Gannon with a curtain call that included six tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.
Still, what is most memorable to White over his career was a 15-7 win over Cheyney in the final game of his junior season. The victory ended the Bald Eagles' winless season and gave White and the rest of that junior class their first victory since coming to the program.
"One game that is going to stick with me forever will be the first game we won here," White said. "It really was memorable because I wasn't starting at the beginning of the week, and somebody broke their hand so I got put into the starting role.
"It was really great to help the seniors in that class go out with a win, and try to get the ball rolling. I just think that first win that we got here really meant a lot after all the adversity we faced."
The win transferred into his senior season where the Bald Eagles won two of their first three games. The Bald Eagles went 3-8 and 2-5 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
The fact that his collegiate career has come to an end may have not sunk in completely just yet, but White knows it'll be tough once the offseason rolls around again.
"It still feels weird to me that I'm not preparing for another season," White said. "But also still being around the school and still seeing everybody, that's how it still doesn't feel like it yet."
He'd like to stay involved in football at some point down the road, but for now, White is concentrating on finishing his degree in Business Administration and starting his career.
"Once I get out of school, I want to definitely see what I can do with my degree," White said. "I think at some point I'd like to give back. I feel like I learned a lot, especially playing in high school and college, you learn so much more."