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Could Brady White follow Norvell to Tallahassee?

One thing is for sure, some changes are bound to be made with Mike Norvell now the head coach at Florida State. That could include a different look at quarterback.

Memphis junior quarterback Brady White has been groomed into a rising star under Norvell. As the starting signal-caller over the past two seasons, he’s combined for 58 touchdown passes to 17 interceptions while completing 64.4% of his passes. That also includes an average of 253.9 passing yards per game.

White originally signed with Arizona State out of high school, where he was deemed a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 68 overall recruit in the class of 2015. The 6-foot-3 quarterback totaled 10,835 passing yards with 109 touchdowns to 44 interceptions during his prep career. Norvell was his primary recruiter with the Sun Devils.

After redshirting in 2015, he saw action mostly as a backup in 2016, though he did one start game against UCLA. In that contest, White went 19/36 for 179 yards with one score and one pick. Following 2015, Norvell accepted the head coach job at Memphis and White decided to follow him after his redshirt freshman season. He was forced to sit out in 2017 due to NCAA transfer rules but took over as the starter in 2018.


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White would throw 5+ touchdown passes twice during his first season as a starting quarterback but threw just two touchdowns to five interceptions over his final three games as the Tigers finished 8-6.

He’s taken another step forward as a redshirt junior, as White has seen an increase in his total TDs and pass completion percentage while dropping his turnover count. The California native has recorded 3,307 passing yards, 32 passing touchdowns, and just eight interceptions while completing 66.4% of his passes.

Now, the wonder is if White would follow Norvell to his third different school, Florida State. He’s in a peculiar situation, already having earned his graduate degree and currently working on his doctorate. White will presumably be eligible to grad-transfer for his final season of college football if he so chooses. It would make sense for the ‘Noles to be under consideration to land him.

White is a classic pocket passer who works well within a spread system. He doesn’t really look to scramble very often but that’s because he’s so talented with his arm. White can make all the throws but there are still some times where he struggles with inconsistency in his delivery. Regardless, his mechanics have improved significantly under the tutelage of Norvell and FSU will surely be interested in him if White decides to grad-transfer.

UPDATE 12/26, 3:13 p.m.

White says that he’s considering a grad-transfer and that he has had some discussions with his family. He’s leaning one way but wouldn’t say which way that is, which makes me think he’s thinking about leaving Memphis. If he does decide to transfer for his final season of collegiate eligibility, Florida State would be in the driver’s seat despite Mike Norvell’s comments that the Seminoles wouldn’t pursue a transfer quarterback. Norvell handpicked White at Arizona State and Memphis and if he decides Jame Blackman isn’t the right fit for his offense, I can see him going after White once again.


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