New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh has announced that former Western Kentucky quarterback Mike White will be under center this upcoming Sunday afternoon for a Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears at MetLife Stadium.
The change in starting quarterbacks was announced following a 10-3 loss to the New England Patriots at Gillete Stadium in week 11 of the season. The Patriots collected 297 yards of offense with 198 passing yards and 99 yards on the ground. The Jets were unable to execute on the offensive end, picking up just 103 total yards with 44 in the air and 59 rushing yards.
White will be stepping in for New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson, who struggled to make plays in Sunday’s game, connecting with receivers on just nine passes out of 22 attempts for 77 total yards.
“We’re going to roll with Mike White. It’s the same things we talked about when we elevated him to the second spot. We know he’s fully capable, he’s started in this league, he’s won games for us and we just want to give him an opportunity.”– Robert Saleh
The 6-foot-5, 218-pound quarterback began his collegiate career at South Florida and played for the Bulls for the 2013 and 2014 seasons before transferring to Western Kenrtucky, where he spent his last three years of eligibility. Over the course of his career at South Florida, White connected with receivers on 215 passes out of 417 attempts for 2,722 yards, 11 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
White sat out his first season with the Hilltoppers in the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules but would emerge as the starting quarterback for Western Kentucky in the 2016 and 2017 seasons before declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft. White was originally drafted by the Dallas Cowboys as the 34th overall pick in round five.
As a Hilltopper, White recorded 648 completed passes out of 976 attempts, picking up 8,540 yards, 63 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Over the course of his career at both South Florida and Western Kentucky, White collected 863 completions out of 1,393 attempts, picking up 11,262 yards, 74 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
White has proven himself to be an efficient quarterback, showcasing his talent in multiple contests during the 2021 NFL season. Over the course of his career in the NFL, White has recorded 88 completions out of 132 attempts, collecting 953 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions.
White and the New York Jets take the field on Sunday afternoon to face off against the Chicago Bears. The opening kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. CT and the game will be available to watch on FOX.