Spiders have faith in true freshman QB

by Matt Lincoln

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A college coach can never feel 100% confident turning over the keys to his team to a true freshman.  But after last weekend's game, Latrell Scott has to feel just a little bit better.

True freshman quarterback Montel White led the Spiders to a last minute touchdown in their 11-10 victory over Massachusetts.  White was not asked to throw the ball until that final drive.  He went 4-6 for 47 yards, and capped it with a 15 yard TD pass to Tre Gray with just nine seconds left.

The Spiders ran the Wildcat for almost half the snaps, and expect to use it once again against Towson this weekend.  But after the impressive game-winning drive, Richmond's Latrell Scott may let White try to make more plays.

"He's a mature kid and a poised kid," said Scott at his weekly press conference Wednesday. "With how he played last week, we hope to add a little more to his plate this week."

White suffered through two knee surgeries coming out of Surry County that made him miss most of his senior season. Scott believes that adversity has helped to mature the young White. "He's gone through a lot of things so it didn't shock me he was so poised. That's just who he is. He's a cool kid, a yes sir no sir kid. That's just the way he was raised."

Of course, White shouldn't even have this opportunity.  USC transfer QB Aaron Corp went down for the season with a knee injury.  Backup John Laub has been battling a hand injury.  When third-stringer Nick Hicks suffered a concussion in the 17-0 to New Hampshire, the Richmond staff must have been wondering what could possibly go wrong next.

But White made the most of his first opportunity, and it looks like he'll continue to get them.  Thanks to a drive that will go down in UR legend.

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