Aliquippa, PA | 5104 | 190 | 4.48E | 2019
Playmaking safety who brings a physical presence in the secondary with his aggressive, physical style of play. Was taking snaps at the field safety position (free) during Spring of 2017, moving from the boundary spot (strong) he has been accustomed to playing. In the Panthers defensive scheme, this would require him to have more coverage responsibilities. His versatility was on full display as a freshman, lining up in the backfield on offense, while showing off his run/catch abilities and breaking off some nice-looking runs against Notre Dame (also see Duke; Louisville). He plays much bigger than his size and can be an immediate difference maker for a contending team who may be a player away. As a sophomore, his season began with a meniscus injury and ended with an arm injury that cost him the final four games. He needs to prove that he can stay healthy. NFL scouts will also want to know why he was mysteriously benched for the Marshall game in 2016—head coach Pat Narduzzi offered little explanation for the move. His 109 tackles were the most by a freshman in school history but his tackles per game dropped from 8.4 to 7.2 the following season. “I just missed, he said of his decline in tackles. “That’s on me. It’s just a mistake. I’ll correct it this year coming up.”
2016: Selected All-ACC (second team) by the league’s coaches and media…played in and started nine contests…missed the final three games due to an injury sustained at Clemson (Nov. 12)…totaled 65 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, an interception and two PBUs on the year … averaged 10.9 yards per rush, totaling 98 yards on nine carries.
2015: Established himself as one of college football’s top newcomers with a decorated debut season…a consensus Freshman All-American who was honored by no fewer than six different selectors…named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA)…became the first defensive player to be selected by ACSMA as the ACC Rookie of the Year since North Carolina cornerback Dre’ Bly in 1996…ACC coaches also named Whitehead the Defensive Rookie of the Year.
High School: Pennsylvania’s No. 1 overall prospect according to Rivals …was especially prolific as a senior…in his final season, totaled 35 touchdowns, scoring five different ways…scored TDs by rushing, receiving, interception return, kickoff return and punt return…average length of his TDs was 43.7 yards…rushed for 1,933 yards on 148 attempts (13.1 avg.)…had 24 receptions for 471 yards (19.6 avg.)…compiled 97 tackles and seven interceptions on defense…led Central Valley to a 15-1 record.
Personal: Jordan Tyler Whitehead, born 3/18/97, is the son of Gregory and Antonia Whitehead…has one brother and one sister…enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.