In this section, we’ll feature one former Mid-Penn player who had a particularly impressive week in college football.
Kobay White looked ready to conclude his college career with another solid season at Boston College.
But the wide receiver tore his ACL prior to the 2020 season, ending his swan song before it could begin. Except for the fact that the former Bishop McDevitt stud was granted another year of eligibility due to the pandemic and his injury, giving him a sixth school year with the Eagles.
White returned to the field Saturday, hauling in one pass for 25 yards to mark the end of his recovery. Boston College routed Colgate 51-0 to open the 2021 season, with QB Phil Jurkovec going 16-of-24 for 303 yards and three scores.
The sixth-year senior is now three receptions away from 100 in his BC career. He’s closing in on 1,500 career yards and is already at 10 TDs.
Colgate featured a former Mid-Penn foe of White’s at quarterback (more on that in a moment).
In this section, we look at some of the former Mid-Penn standouts that had big weeks a little closer to home.
Shippensburg University opened its season with a tidy 25-17 victory over visiting West Virginia State. It was the first Red Raiders game in two years after the PSAC canceled the 2021 season due to the pandemic.
That also meant it was a return to action for several former Mid-Penn studs.
One-time Camp Hill Lion Bill Williams, who joined the Red Raiders in 2019, had a solid 15-carry, 64-yard performance as SU’s backup running back (he also had a 24-yard kick return), and Lower Dauphin’s Evan Morrill hauled in four passes for 31 stripes. Middletown’s Laron Woody snagged a sack and seven tackles from his linebacker spot, Altoona ‘backers Tyler Petucci and Josh Russon added four and three takedowns, respectively.
But it was linebacker Cameron Tinner, formerly a Shippensburg High Greyhound, who found paydirt on a 22-yard scoop and score. He also added a tackle in the season opener.
In on the action
In this section, we’ll list off some of the performances from former Mid-Penn players now in the college ranks
• Former Cumberland Valley linebacker Christian Arrington (r-so.) recorded four tackles in Rhode Island’s 45-21 season-opening win over Bryant. During a shortened spring season in March, he had four tackles and an interception in two games.
• Colgate redshirt-senior Grant Breneman moved into seventh in program history in passing yards (5,283) and total offense (6,318 yards) in a season-opening 51-0 loss to Boston College. The former Cedar Cliff QB threw for 77 yards and two picks (9-of-16 passing) and rushed 11 times for 25 yards against the Eagles.
• Lehigh linebacker Pete Haffner led the Golden Hawks with 11 tackles (1.5 TFLs and half a sack) in a 47-3 loss to Villanova. Wildcats’ linebacker Forrest Rhyne (Waynesboro) had three tackles (half a TFL) in the win.
• Texas A&M linebacker Andre White (Harrisburg) had two tackles in the Aggies’ 41-10 win over Kent State.
• William & Mary’s Kane Everson (Harrisburg) had a 6-yard rush and two catches for 12 yards in a 43-0 loss at Virginia.
• Tight end Zack Kuntz (Camp Hill) made his Old Dominion debut after several years at Penn State, grabbing three passes for 19 yards.
• Damion Barber (Harrisburg), formerly at Penn State, had four tackles and a TFL in Austin Peay’s 30-20 win over Chattanooga.