White headed for position change; McCoy shows NFL readiness

West Virginia QB Pat White and Pittsburgh RB LeSean McCoy were the top NFL prospects on display in the annual Backyard Brawl.

Originally Published: December 3, 2008
By Kevin Weidl | Scouts Inc.
The 101st edition on the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pittsburgh featured two of the premiere athletes in the Big East conference in Mountaineers QB Pat White and Panthers RB LeSean McCoy.

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Don Wright/US PresswireThe ability to make defenders miss is one of the skills that makes LeSean McCoy an NFL-ready running back.
The pair lived up to their reputations, combining for several electrifying plays in Pittsburgh's 19-15 victory. White rushed for 93 yards, improvising well and doing a sensational job of avoiding the rush, but it was McCoy who stole the show. The third-year sophomore carried the ball 33 times for a career-high 183 yards and scored two touchdowns. McCoy continues to prove he is ready to make the jump to the NFL and he warrants a late-first or early second-round grade.

Scouts Inc. was in western Pennsylvania last week and after a close-up look at Pittsburgh and West Virginia here is how we see things for White and McCoy, along with a few other prospects from both teams: