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Tahir Whitehead, OLB

School: Temple  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Newark, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 237 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
232216-7
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 5/138 - Tahir Whitehead, OLB, 6-1, 233, Temple...Whitehead played outside in a 3-4 system at Temple, but they see him as a 4-3 outside backer. He plays with a lot of speed and he's good in coverage. - The Sports Xchange

12/17/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: In addition to Pierce, NFL personnel types will attend Temple's bowl game to eyeball linebackers Stephen Johnson and Tahir Whitehead, rush end Adrian Robinson (who will need to move outside linebacker at the next level), tight end Evan Rodriguez, and bruising offensive guards Wayne Tribue (6-4, 324) and Derek Dennis (6-5, 328). - The Sports Xchange

12/06/2011 - 2011 ALL-MAC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): Outside Linebacker - Tahir Whitehead, Temple, has been selected All-MAC Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted by the MAC News Media Association. Team captain Whitehead played in all 12 games with 11 starts at Sam linebacker. Named to the Butkus Award Watch List, he is third in team tackling with 59 tackles, a team-best 12.0 TFL for a loss of 64 yards, five sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. - Temple football

09/21/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New defensive coordinator Chuck Heater has worked wonders with this unit. After three games, Temple leads the Mid-American Conference in scoring defense, having allowed just 8.0 points per game, and the Owls are tied for fourth nationally in that category with Wisconsin. Temple also leads the MAC in rushing defense and has allowed just 2.59 yards per carry, a number that's good for 25th in the nation. And clear leaders have emerged to replace the likes of Jaiquawn Jarrett, a 2011 second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, and DT Muhammad Wilkerson, a 2011 first round pick of the New York Jets. The defensive line has quality depth and is led by Adrian Robinson, Morkeith Brown, Levi Brown, Marcus Green, Shahid Paulhill, and Sean Daniels. The linebacking corps is strong once again, led by All-MAC candidate Tahir Whitehead, along with Stephen Johnson and Blaze Caponegro. Plus, the secondary features two sure tackling safeties in Justin Gildea and Kevin Kroboth as well as a budding star corner in redshirt freshman Anthony Robey, who battled Penn State's stud receiver Derek Moye tooth-and-nail last Saturday. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New defensive coordinator Chuck Heater's charges have allowed just 10 points in two games. Granted, Villanova and Akron aren't world-beaters, but Temple's defense has been impressive. They'll be tested the next three weeks vs. Penn State, Maryland and Toledo. Thus far, senior Kevin Kroboth has replaced Jaiquawn Jarrett, a second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, quite well. Even with Muhammad Wilkerson (a first-round pick of the New York Jets) now playing for Rex Ryan, the d-line has plenty of depth and experience, led by Adrian Robinson, Morkeith Brown, Levi Brown, Marcus Green, Shahid Paulhill, and Sean Daniels. Paulhill's health is a question for the Penn State game, though. The linebacking corps looks to be strong once again, led by one returnee in Tahir Whitehead, an All-MAC candidate. - The Sports Xchange

09/14/2011 - This could be the year the Owls finally finish the deal against Joe Paterno's program. With an experienced o-line that averages 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, they are strong enough in the trenches to battle with Joe Pa's bunch. The Owls have a prime-time tailback in Pierce (297 yards, six rushing TDs in 2011) and a bevy of NFL prospects on both sides of the ball, including Pierce, defensive lineman Adrian Robinson, tight end Evan Rodriguez, linebacker Tahir Whitehead, and offensive linemen John Palumbo, Derek Dennis and Wayne Tribue. Penn State was beaten at home, 27-11, by No. 3 Alabama on Sept. 10 and is still trying to find a No. 1 QB between Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin. It should be a contest into a fourth quarter, just like it was last season. If Pierce, the Owls' gifted, but brittle tailback, can stay on the field, then Temple could pull off an upset, a win that might result in their first national ranking in eons. - The Sports Xchange

09/10/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New defensive coordinator Chuck Heater found some answers vs. Villanova as the Owls, with six new starters on defense, forced four turnovers, made six tackles for loss and one sack while holding the Wildcats to 275 yards of total offense in a 42-7 win on Sept. 1. In particular, senior Kevin Kroboth (two INTs, five tackles vs. Villanova) passed his first test as Jaiquawn Jarrett's replacement at free safety with flying colors. Jarrett, an absolute ballhawk, was a 2011 second-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles. Also gone is a first-round NFL draft pick in DT Muhammad Wilkerson (now a New York Jet) and two-thirds of the Owls' 2010 starting linebacking corps. Even with Wilkerson now in the pros, the d-line has plenty of depth and experience, led by Adrian Robinson, Morkeith Brown, Levi Brown, Marcus Green, Shahid Paulhill, and Sean Daniels. And the linebacking corps looks to be strong once again, led by one returnee in Tahir Whitehead (five tackles vs. Villanova) and one new face in sophomore Blaze Caponegro (a team-high seven stops vs. Nova on Sept. 1). - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: New defensive coordinator Chuck Heater must replace six 2010 starters, including a first-round NFL draft pick in DT Muhammad Wilkerson (now a New York Jet) and a second-round pick in FS Jaiquawn Jarrett (now a Philadelphia Eagle). But Heater has some battle-tested leaders on this side of the ball, though, including defensive ends Adrian Robinson (38 tackles in 2010) and Morkeith Brown, linebacker Tahir Whitehead (56 tackles in 2010) and safeties Justin Gildea (58 tackles) and Kevin Kroboth (31 tackles). Wilkerson was a stud, but Temple still has a deep stable of d-linemen. In addition to Robinson and Brown, Heater will be able to keep fresh legs in the game and pressure on opposing QBs, thanks to the presence of Marcus Green, Shahid Paulhill, and Sean Daniels. QUOTE TO NOTE: "We want to be a physical, tough football team. We want our opponents to know that they're playing a team that plays with great passion and energy when they face Temple." Temple coach Steve Addazio on what he wants the trademark of his Temple program to be. - The Sports Xchange

07/18/2011 - 2011 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tahir Whitehead, Temple, has been selected one of 51 linebackers named to the 2011 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is handed out annually to the top linebacker in college football. Whitehead played in all 12 games with eight starts at outside linebacker last fall. He finished sixth on defense with 56 tackles, including 7.5 TFL. Whitehead was named the team's recipient of the 2011 Mark Bresani Award for spirit and enthusiasm, presented at the conclusion of spring drills. - Temple football

 
Latest News
04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Lions' picks: Round 5/138 - Tahir Whitehead, OLB, 6-1, 233, Temple...Whitehead played outside in a 3-4 system at Temple, but they see him as a 4-3 outside backer. He plays with a lot of speed and he's good in coverage. - The Sports Xchange

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