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Former Bobcat Receiver Markee White Helps Lead Spokane To Arena Bowl XXIII Championship
Former Texas State standout wide receiver Markee White caught nine passes for 99 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Spokane Shock to the 2010 Arena Bowl XXIII Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Spokane Tribe Field. The Shock defeated the Tampa Bay Storm 69-57 in front of a sellout crowd of 11,017 fans to cap off a Cinderella season that featured a league best 15-3 record in its first AFL season.
A 6-foot-7, 215-pound wide receiver for the Shock, White caught his four touchdown passes in the second quarter to help Spokane build a 34-28 lead at halftime. His first touchdown catch was from five yards out early in the quarter. Then, he caught a four-yard TD grab with 10:34 left in the first half. His final two touchdown receptions came in the final minute of the half when he caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 57 seconds left and made a 22-yard TD catch with 10 seconds remaining.
The Shock outscored Tampa Bay 14-7 in the third quarter to increase its lead to 48-35 before holding on for the 69-57 victory.
White played in 10 regular season games for Spokane this season and recorded 66 catches for 925 yards and 18 touchdowns. In three playoff games, He caught 24 more passes for 234 yards and eight touchdowns while helping Spokane win the 2010 league championship.
White played two seasons at Texas State in 2004 and 2005, when he caught 67 passes for 980 yards in 20 games. His 14.63 career yards per catch average are the eighth highest career average at Texas State. His best season came in 2005 when he led the Bobcats with 56 catches for 786 passes and five touchdowns. He was named an All-Southland Conference First-Team wide receiver as a senior and helped Texas State finish with an 11-3 record and earn a berth to the NCAA FCS semifinals. In 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams, but was released following training camp. He signed with Spokane in October 2009.
By Texas State University Sports Information