Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White exited with an injury in the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday. White went to the locker room after being sandwiched by a trio of Alabama defenders and was replaced by Tyler Ferguson.
White, a redshirt junior transfer from South Florida, was coming off an impressive Week 1 performance versus Rice, his first start in the Hilltoppers’ system. He began his tenure at The Hill with 517 yards and three touchdowns on 25-of-31 passing and got a ton of his skill players in the mix: Nine different Hilltoppers recorded a catch versus the Owls.
White exited in Week 2 with 135 yards on a 10-for-24 clip. He was picked off by Crimson Tide defensive back Eddie Jackson, who took the pass back 55 yards to widen the Alabama lead to 17-3 in the second quarter.
Ferguson, a grad transfer from Louisville, redshirted for the Cardinals in 2014 and didn’t see any action the following season (given the emergence of Lamar Jackson, it now makes sense).
No prognosis has surfaced for White, but this is already a team that, despite a Week 1 performance that looked like Western Kentucky hadn’t missed a step, was already dealt the task of replacing quarterback Brandon Doughty in the offseason.
The Hilltoppers get Miami (OH), Vanderbilt and Houston Baptist in succession prior to opening up Conference USA play versus the Louisiana Tech. Jeff Brohm’s ‘Toppers are looking to win consecutive conference championships, and for a team that relies so heavily on its passing attack, will hope that White’s setback is only a short-term situation.