Buccaneers Draft Pitt Safety Jordan Whitehead


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Rated as the top recruit in Pennsylvania coming out of high school, Whitehead starred on both the offensive (148 carries 1,933 rushing yards; 24 receptions, 471 yards receiving) and defensive (seven interceptions) sides of the ball. Though he was considered a top-20 cornerback prospect nationally, Pitt coaches put him at safety as a true freshman to utilize his toughness in the run game. The result was a consensus freshman All-American and third-team All-ACC season where he started 12 of 13 games played, leading the Panthers with 109 tackles, six for loss, an interception and six pass breakups. Whitehead was also used on offense (12 carries, 122 yards, two touchdowns rushing). His sophomore season wasn't quite as successful [65 tackles, 1.5 for loss, one interception (returned for a touchdown), two pass breakups] as he started just nine games, missing the final three with a broken arm. Coaches started him at receiver against Virginia but again used him as a running threat on offense (nine carries, 98 yards rushing). Whitehead's junior season began with a three-game suspension for violating team rules. He still garnered honorable mention All-ACC notice while starting nine games, however (60 tackles, one interception, four pass breakups).


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