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Charlie Whitehurst

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 223 | College: Clemson
 
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Overview

Whitehurst is a tall, yet mobile passer with good bloodlines. His father, David, was a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. Charlie Whitehurst was a four-year starter at Clemson who bounced back in 2005 from a 2004 season that saw the entire Tigers offense struggle behind a porous offensive line. He owns forty-one school records and threw for more yardage by the end of his sophomore year (5,325) than any other passer in Atlantic Coast Conference history with the exception of North Carolina State's Philip Rivers (5,640 yards, 2000-01).

Whitehurst was a highly-recruited quarterback coming out of Chattahoochee High School. He was rated the 35th-best quarterback in the nation by Rivals100.com and the 35th-best prospect in Georgia by Super Prep. Whitehurst passed for 888 yards and eight touchdowns in only six games as a senior, missing close to half of the season due to a separated shoulder and broken thumb.

He still earned All-Southeast Region honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, was a member of the North Fulton Super 11 by Atlanta Journal and an Atlanta Touchdown Club Back-of-the-Week pick his senior year. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected him to Georgia's top 50 and the Southern top 100. As a junior, Whitehurst passed for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was also a four-year letterman and starter in baseball as an outfielder and first baseman.

After redshirting as a freshman at Clemson in 2001, he took over the starting quarterback duties from Willie Simmons the second half of the 2002 campaign. Whitehurst went on to complete 123 of 214 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,554 yards, ten touchdowns and six interceptions while appearing in nine contests that year. He ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 145.0 passer efficiency rating.

The 2003 season was Whitehurst's coming out party. He set school single-season records for most pass attempts (465), pass completions (288), passing efficiency (min. 300 attempts; 135.6), passing yards (3,561), most 200-yard passing games (11), most 300-yard passing games (5), most touchdown passes (21) and total offensive plays (557).

As memorable as the 2003 season was, the 2004 campaign was just as forgettable. Whitehurst would manage only seven touchdown passes while being intercepted 17 times. He hit on 177 of 349 passes (50.7 percent) for 2,067 yards and rushed for 43 yards and a score on 80 carries. In addition to his 17 interceptions, he was sacked 25 times and fumbled the ball a team-high ten times.

With the addition of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Whitehurst finally found a mentor before the 2005 season. He drastically improved his accuracy, but was still prone to throwing the costly interception or getting sacked. Whitehurst completed 67.4 percent of his passes (229 of 340) for 2,483 yards and eleven touchdowns. However, he was sacked 20 times for losses of 150 yards, threw ten interceptions and fumbled five times. Whitehurst did stretch the field more often, as 36 of his pass completions were for 20 yards or longer.

In 44 games with the Tigers, Whitehurst completed 817 of 1,368 passes (59.7 percent) for 9,665 yards, 49 touchdowns and 46 interceptions. He set forty-one school records, including career marks for most pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, 200-yard passing games (24) and 300-yard passing games (8). He also scored ten times while netting 98 yards on 266 carries. Whitehurst started a record 37 consecutive games for the Tigers between 2002 and 2005, but the streak ended when he did not play against Duke due to a sore shoulder. Whitehurst had surgery on Dec. 1, 2005 to correct the problem, returning to the field for his final game vs. Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl.

Analysis

Positives: Has a tall, thick frame with room for additional growth … Good competitor who is a quiet leader, but has total control of the huddle … Steps up in the pocket to absorb the hit and is not the type who will run at the first sign of pressure … Keeps his focus on the field … Shows decent quickness in his release and adequate arm strength to make all of the throws … Shows good touch and accuracy on underneath routes … Has enough lateral agility to slide out of the pocket and throw the short ball on the move … Throws off his back foot some without a loss of force, but when he steps off his front foot, he can generate much better ball speed … Can throw from either his left or right hash with equal results … Knows how to vary the speed on his tosses in the short area, showing decent accuracy in this range … On the long ball, he knows how to give the receiver a chance to compete, putting good zip on the ball to loft it over his target's shoulders … Even when throwing from the shotgun, he shows decent fluidity in his pass drop and set up … Has a snappy overhead delivery and a fluid follow-through rather than a windmill type that most tall passers display … Good at timing his passes over the middle … Shows the body control and balance to keep the play alive while waiting for his targets to get open … Will not hesitate to stiff-arm and drive with his legs to get extra yardage when forced to run.

Negatives: Makes poor decisions with the ball, as he eyes his primary target too long and then tries to thread the needle and force passes, even when his receiver is covered … Needs to do a better of locating his secondary receivers … Has good arm strength, but his long balls tend to float and more often than not on tape, the receiver had to struggle to run underneath or work back for the pass (does not get the ball to the outside shoulder of his target) … Can move around in the pocket, but will not win any foot races when he has to tuck the ball and run with it … Better throwing out and crossing patterns, as his passes seem to lose touch when going deep … Has a tall, long-limbed frame, but needs to dedicate more hours in the weight room to add bulk and muscle tone … Has good arm strength, but sometimes fails to generate power and snap with his release … Has good overhead mechanics, but when he carries the ball low, it greatly slows down his delivery … Even when he tried to fire the ball into the numbers, he sprayed the ball going for the home run play (seems to have corrected a slight flick in his deep throws during 2005 season and was airing it out with more effectiveness) … Ball security is a big issue, as he runs with the ball too exposed, resulting in 24 fumbles over the last three years … Further medical evaluation might be needed on his surgically-repaired right shoulder (operated on Dec. 1, 2005).

Whitehurst has very good size and mobility for his position. He has above average athleticism, good feet, agility and decent quickness to go along with good production prior to 2004. He has been highly productive prior to his junior year, but he struggled throwing the deep ball in 2004 and made numerous questionable decisions that resulted in a career-high 17 interceptions. He improved somewhat in 2005, as he reduced his interceptions to ten, but he managed only eleven touchdown passes in his final season.

Whitehurst redefined his mechanics during the 2005 offseason, showing a quicker release, especially on short to intermediate throws, improving his accuracy in the process (completed 67.4 percent of his attempts). He keeps the ball up and stays on top. Whitehurst has good arm strength and throws a nice ball with touch on the intermediate routes. With a new offensive coordinator in place for 2005 in Rob Spence, Whitehurst demonstrated the release and delivery he showed in the past. He stands tall in the pocket and does a very nice job of putting zip on the ball when throwing the crossing patterns.

In 2005, it was hoped that Whitehurst would wait for defenders to clear and show more patience rather than hurry his throws like he did in the past, but ten interceptions and five fumbles did prove costly. He has the agility to move around in the pocket and shows the ability to run when the pocket collapses. However, he lacks the timed speed to win many foot races. Whitehurst tends to throw off his back foot too much and needs to revert to planting and driving off his front foot more to get better velocity behind his attempts.

Whitehurst needs to display better ball security than he did the last two years, when he fumbled nine times in 2004 and had five more as a senior. He does try to force the ball some when protection breaks down, but displays good leadership ability and toughness. He will stand in vs. the blitz and does take a lot of hits. Whitehurst has the arm strength to make all the throws (posts, flats, outs and on the move) and his overall accuracy is good, especially when going over the middle.

Whitehurst is a heady passer, but needs to make better progression reads. He will get a little too brave at times, throwing the ball into traffic. However, he has the live arm to take that risk if he can maintain velocity behind his tosses. Because of the poor protection from his offensive linemen, Whitehurst barely had the time to set his feet before feeling the pressure from the pass rush in 2004. While mobile, he does not have the escapability once the pocket collapses, but showed in 2005 fall camp that he is improving his ability to reload and deliver the ball in the face of pressure.

He will still commit to a route and throw blindly. Whitehurst then tries to roll out and throw on the move, but it is obvious that he is better suited for being a pocket passer. He has that lively arm, toughness and intelligence to be a good competitor, and benefited from the senior year with the team's new offensive staff. His late season shoulder injury is a concern and further medical evaluation in the coming months will determine if he is a mid-round selection or will be on the board during the later stages of the 2006 NFL Draft.

Career Notes

The NCAA Division 1-A's leading active quarterback in passing yardage prior to the 2005 season (7,142 yards), Whitehurst set a school career-record as he finished his time at Clemson with 9,665 yards, surpassing the old mark of 6,037 yards by Woodrow Dantzler (1998-2001) and ranking third in Atlantic Coast Conference annals behind Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (13,484 yards, 2000-03) and Chris Weinke of Florida State (9,839 yards, 1997-2000) … His total offense yardage of 9,763 ranks third in ACC history behind Rivers (13,582) and Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech (10,640 yards, 1996-99) … Set Clemson all-time records with 817 completions in 1,368 pass attemps, topping the previous marks of 460 completions by Dantzler and 805 attempts by Nealon Greene (1994-97) … Those totals rank third and fourth respectively in ACC history … His 59.7 pass completion percentage topped Dantzler's previous school record (57.8 percent) … Whitehurst's 49 touchdown broke Dantzler's old school all-time mark of 41 … Also holds the Tigers' all-time records for most 200-yard passing games (24), 300-yard passing games (8), touchdown passes per game (1.11), victories against Top-10 competition as a starting quarterback (7) and overtime victories as a starting quarterback (3) … His eight 300-yard passing games and twelve 300-yard total offense games, are the most of any active ACC quarterback … Started 37 consecutive games before missing the 2005 Duke contest, setting the school record for quarterbacks (previous record-holder was Tommy Kendrick, 34 from 1969-71) … His 40 total starts tied Greene (1994-97) and Rodney Williams (1985-88) as the only other Tiger quarterbacks to accomplish that feat … Had eight fourth-quarter comeback victories during his career … His pass completion percentage of 67.4 in 2004 broke the old school single-season record of 63.1 percent by Brandon Streeter in 1999.

2005 Season

Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference second-team selection … Named to the Clemson Academic Honor Roll for the eighth semester … Received his undergraduate degree in Management in May, 2005 … Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week vs. Temple, ABC/Chevrolet Player of the Game vs. Miami and received the USA Today Game Ball vs. Maryland, Miami and Florida State … Started eleven games … Sat out the Duke game with a sore shoulder, snapping his school-record string of 37 consecutive starts by a quarter-back … Underwent surgery on December 1st, but was back in the starting lineup vs. Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl … Ranked second in the ACC in total offense per game (228.1); also is third in passing yards per game (225.7) and fourth in passing efficiency (133.5) … Completed 229 of 340 passes (67.4 percent) for 2,483 yards, eleven touch-downs and ten interceptions … His 2,483 yards rank third on the school's single-season record list behind his 2003 total of 3,561 yards and Woodrow Dantzler's 2,578 in 2001 … His 340 pass attempts rank third on the Tigers' annual record list behind his totals of 465 in 2003 and 349 in 2004 … His 67.4 pass completion percentage topped Brandon Streeter's old mark of 63.1 percent in 1999 … Scored three times and gained 26 yards on 50 carries … In 390 plays, Whitehurst amassed 2,509 yards in total offense, the fifth-best season total in Clemson annals … Fumbled the ball five times, with two of those miscues being recovered by the opposition … Sacked 20 times for losses of 150 yards … Joined Florida State's Drew Weatherford as the only ACC players to have three 300-yard total offense games in 2005.

2005 Game Analysis

Texas A&M … Opened the season with 185 yards on 14 of 19 attempts, but did not

Have any touchdown tosses, as he was sacked once for minus-5 yards.

Maryland … Earned USA Today Game Ball honors as he hit on 18 of 22 attempts (81.8 percent) for 178 yards and a pair of touchdowns, rallying the team for 14 fourth quarter points in a 28-24 triumph … Connected with slotback Curtis Baham on a 6-yard scoring toss in the third quarter, followed by a 51-yard touchdown bomb to Baham midway through the fourth quarter … Whitehurst lobbed a 4-yard pass to Reggie Merriweather and on the next play, the Clemson tailback took a third-and-7 handoff and raced 38 yards for the game-winning score with 2:58 left.

Miami … Amassed 346 yards in total offense during a tough 36-30 triple overtime loss … His 346 yards rank ninth on the school's game-record chart … Connected on 31 of 55 throws for 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception … Ran five times for 58 yards, including a 1-yard fourth quarter score … Flipped an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Cole Downer that was set up by Whitehurst's career-long 65-yard run from Clemson's 27-yard line … Added a 5-yard scoring pass to Curtis Baham during the game's first overtime period.

Boston College … Held to 149 yards on 19 of 28 passes (67.9 percent), but was sacked three times for losses of 21 yards in a 16-13 overtime loss … Scored the team's only touchdown on a 1-yard run that capped a 9-play, 64-yard drive in the second quarter.

Wake Forest … Gained 304 yards on 28 of 42 throws, but was intercepted twice and sacked once for minus 15 yards … Set up Reggie Merriweather's 14-yard scoring run with a 21-yard screen pass to Kelvin Grant in the second quarter … Whitehurst's 37-yard seam pass down the middle to Curtis Baham set up tailback James Davis' 11-yard scoring run with 0:59 left in the first half.

North Carolina State … Gained 246 yards on 22 of 31 tosses with two touchdowns and an interception as the offense generated 489 yards in a 31-10 victory … Hit Curtis Baham with an 8-yard scoring strike, followed by an 8-yard touchdown toss to Bobby Williamson, as the tight end made a diving grab in the corner of the end zone to cap a 72-yard, 8-play drive in the first quarter.

Temple … Followed with 19 of 27 completions (70.4 percent) for 298 yards, a touchdown and an interception as the Tigers piled up 514 yards in a 37-7 triumph … Was sacked three times for losses of 17 yards, fumbling on one of those sacks, but he started off the game's scoring with a 41-yard touchdown bomb to Kyle Browning on a seam pass over the middle … Tiger defender Jamaal Fudge intercepted a Temple pass and on the next play, Whitehurst faked a handoff and found a wide-open Aaron Kelly with a 34-yard scoring strike.

Georgia Tech … Clemson committed four turnovers, with Whitehurst losing the ball twice on fumbles and another on an interception … Finished with 19 of 29 passes for 180 yards …

A 22-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Hunter was nullified when the Tigers were penalized for an illegal formation and for having only ten players on the field … With 0:03 left to play, Clemson got the ball back. Down 10-9, Whitehurst uncorked a desperation pass, but it was intercepted by Dawan Landry at the Tech 3-yard line and the Yellow Jackets sealed their victory over the Tigers.

Duke … Did not play … Sat out the game and the entire week of practices due to a sore shoulder … By missing the game, it ended Whitehurst's streak of 37 consecutive starts.

Florida State … Returned to action with 269 yards and three touchdowns on 21 of 32 passes in a 35-14 victory … Was intercepted once and sacked three times for losses of 27 yards, but began the game's scoring with a 22-yard touchdown toss to Chansi Stuckey … Found Stuckey again with a 32-yard scoring pass in the third quarter … Closed out the game's scoring with a 4-yard touchdown lob to Aaron Kelly with 0:34 left in the third quarter.

South Carolina … Gained 172 yards on 17 of 28 throws, but was intercepted twice and sacked once … Set up James Davis' game-winning 2-yard touchdown run with a 10-yard gain on a draw play with 5:58 left in the game as the Tigers held on for a 13-9 win.

Colorado (Champs Sports Bowl) … Closed out his career with 196 yards on 19 of 27 attempts … Was intercepted once and sacked three times for minus 19 yards, but Whitehurst also engineered several scoring drives to give Clemson a 19-10 win … Whitehurst showed no signs of shoulder problems after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery on December 1st to relieve pain that had bothered him since September … Whitehurst came up big on all of Clemson's scoring drives. He completed a 24-yard pass to Curtis Baham on third down that set up Jad Dean's first field goal, a 26-yarder than gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead in the first quarter … Whitehurst was 3-for-3 passing on third down on a drive in the second that set up Dean's 18-yarder … After tailback James Davis' 40-yard run on the second play of the third quarter - his longest this year, a bowl record and the longest allowed by the Buffs this season - Whitehurst completed an 11-yard pass on third down to set up first and goal. Two plays later, Whitehurst scrambled around the right end for a 5-yard touchdown. He slipped out of Akarika Dawn's grasp at the 5 and strolled in for the score, which made it 13-3. Dawn dropped his head to the ground and pounded the grass with his right fist in frustration. It was that kind of night for Colorado … Speaking about his quarterback after the game, Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden said, "I think Whitehurst is his own worst critic, but I think all great players are. He struggled a little bit last year, but that was my fault, not his. I didn't put him in the position he needed to be in to make plays. I have been here seven years, and I have been very fortunate to have Whitehurst as my starting quarterback for four of those years."

2004 Season

Started every game, but the offense struggled behind a porous offensive line … Saw his interceptions increase to 17 from 11 in 2003 and was sacked 25 times for losses of 178 yards … Fumbled ten times, with the defense recovering four of those miscues … Hit on 177 of 349 passes (50.7 percent) for 2,067 yards and only seven touchdowns … Carried 81 times for 43 yards (0.5 avg) and a score … Averaged 191.8 yards per game in total offense … Had 28 pass completions for 20 yards or longer … Accounted for all 91 of the team's first downs passing, adding ten more first downs on running plays.

2004 Game Analysis

Wake Forest … Had his best performance in 2004 during the season opener, guiding the Tigers to a 37-30 decision … Completed 20 of 41 passes for 288 yards and two touchdowns, but also threw a pair of interceptions … Rushed nine times for 15 yards, totaling 303 yards for the day … Accounted for 14 of the team's 23 first downs … Converted six of 16 third-down plays … Sacked once for a 9-yard loss, but also recorded a solo tackle (after safety Josh Gaddis returned an interception 37 yards in the second quarter) … Threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Browning in the second overtime that lifted Clemson to victory …

Also hit Airese Currie with a 31-yard scoring strike in the first quarter … Late in the fourth quarter, Whitehurst engineered a drive that would tie the game and force overtime. Starting at his 22 with 6:35 left, Whitehurst completed passes of 16 and 19 yards to Chansi Stuckey, then hit Airese Currie with an 8-yard completion to get inside Wake's 10. A pass interference call on fourth-and-goal kept the drive alive and Yusef Kelly leaped over the pile from a yard out with for Clemson's first points in nearly 40 minutes.

Georgia Tech … Threw for 275 yards and a touchdown on 20 of 42 attempts and picked up 12 yards on five runs, but was intercepted twice and sacked once for a 13-yard loss … Could convert only four of 15 third-down plays in a tough 28-24 loss … The winning score for Tech came a play after Clemson's Geoff Rigsby fourth-down snap skipped pass punter Cole Chason, who had to fall on the loose ball deep in his own territory … The Tigers still had one more chance. Airese Currie returned the kickoff to the Georgia Tech 31 with 0:03 left, but Whitehurst's pass to Kelvin Grant fell incomplete as three Yellow Jackets swarmed the receiver in the end zone … Whitehurst's only touchdown came on a 22-yard pass to Curtis Baham that capped a 9-play, 80-yard drive in the second quarter.

Texas A&M … The Aggies' defense may finally be able to reclaim the "Wrecking Crew" moniker after hounding Whitehurst into one of his worst performances … Whitehurst, the ACC's leading passer, finished 20-of-36 for 192 yards with three interceptions and a touchdown, but he was sacked five times for losses of 34 yards, turned the ball over once on a fumble and was chased around all night by A&M … "They definitely blitzed us, Whitehurst said after the game. "We expected that. We'd played two games now and they were going to scheme us. I think I had four turnovers by myself and they didn't have any. That was definitely huge. I don't think we ever really got it going. We had the plays to make and just didn't make them. I give credit to Texas A&M, but we didn't do anything. We could have at least made it a game if we had shown up. Every game is going to be tough, but offensively we haven't shown up yet. Until that happens, I'm not as concerned with the opponent as I am our team. We didn't give up, we just didn't make plays. I think that's the bottom line. First and foremost, if I can play to the best of my ability this stuff doesn't happen. We just had guys not show up and I'm probably number one on that list." … Whitehurst's fumble came after he was sacked for an 8-yard loss by CB Jonte' Buhl in the second quarter, setting up an A&M scoring drive … Whitehurst connected with TE Ben Hall on a 15-yard scoring pass with 5:26 left in the first half.

Florida State … The Seminoles' defense, ranked ninth nationally going into the game, intercepted Whitehurst three times, sacked the Tiger QB four times for minus 21 yards and forced two fumbles, including one that Whitehurst turned over in the first quarter when he was tackled by linebacker A.J. Nicholson … Hit on 10 of 24 passes for 88 yards (lowest game total by Whitehurst as a starter) … Rushed 13 times for 27 yards … Whitehurst also fumbled the ball after he was sacked for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter and FSU would then convert that miscue into a score when tailback B.J. Dean ran for a 2-yard touchdown in the second quarter … Whitehurst was also intercepted by linebacker Leroy Smith, who ran in 31 yards right past the quarterback to give the Seminoles a 17-7 lead … Clemson countered as Curtis Baham - wide open in the end zone - pulled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Whitehurst to make it 17-14 with 1:47 left in the half.

Virginia … Followed with 16 of 28 tosses for 166 yards, a touchdown and an interception … Ran three times for 13 yards, but fumbled the ball once … Virginia trailed for only 3:22 of 240 minutes in its first four games, but quickly fell behind 7-0 on Whitehurst's 5-yard touchdown pass to Duane Coleman with 11:49 left in the first quarter. The key play on the six-play drive was Whitehurst's 56-yard pass to tight end Ben Hall that moved the ball to the Cavaliers' 6 … Whitehurst also threw a pass that was picked off by Tony Franklin, making it eleven interceptions for the Clemson quarterback through the five games of the season, matching his total for the entire 2003 campaign.

Utah State … Clemson's offense had its problems early on as Whitehurst threw two interceptions in the opening half. But the Tigers stuck to the ground after halftime, finishing with the four rushing touchdowns after having only three in their five previous games … Whitehurst threw for 179 yards on 12 of 23 passes, but did not pass for any touch-downs … He did have a run of 26 yards in the third quarter, the longest of his career … He also hit receiver Airese Currie with a 35-yard pass that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Whitehurst that put the Tigers up 21-0 in the third quarter.

Maryland … Until the final moments, the Tigers had little success against Maryland's defense, which held Clemson to a field goal over the first 59 minutes and sacked Whitehurst five times for losses of 37 yards … But Whitehurst, starting at his own 41, suddenly found his rhythm when it counted most. He hit passes of 9 yards to Kelvin Grant, 14 yards to Kelvin Grant and 18 yards to Airese Currie to get to Maryland's 7 with 1:29 left. A pass interference call on cornerback Gerrick McPherson moved the ball to the 2 and tailback Reggie Merriweather finished the comeback victory with his straight ahead run for a touchdown … For the game, Whitehurst connected on 14 of 31 passes for 170 yards, but was held to minus 22 yards on nine carries in a 10-7 victory.

North Carolina State … Hit on 14 of 333 attempts for 183 yards and a touchdown … Was sacked twice for minus 21 yards, fumbled twice and had one of those fumbles recovered by the Gamecocks … His only touchdown was a 24-yard strike to Airese Currie in the third quarter that capped a 7-play, 49-yard drive.

Miami … Despite leading the team to a 24-17 upset victory over the Hurricanes, Whitehurst continued his season-long struggles … He completed 21 of 37 passes for 258 yards, but was intercepted once, sacked twice for losses of 15 yards and also had a fumble … Hit Airese Currie with a 37-yard pass in the third quarter that set up a 27-yard touchdown run by Reggie Merriweather to cap a 7-play, 76-yard drive.

Duke … Managed only 117 yards on 12 of 26 passes with two interceptions, including one that was picked off by Duke's Deonto McCormick with 1:13 left to play, setting up a game-winning 53-yard Demon Deacon field goal, as the Tigers were defeated 16-13 … Was also sacked twice for minus 9 yards … Accounted for only three of the team's 13 first downs and converted only one of twelve third-down plays.

South Carolina … The season finale was marred by several fights that broke out on the field near the end of Clemson's 29-7 victory that resulted in both teams being cited by the league office for their unsportsmanlike play … Whitehurst connected on 15 of 28 passes for 151 yards and an interception … He was held to minus 4 yards on six carries, as he fumbled twice and was sacked twice for losses of 18 yards.

2003 Season

Recipient of the Banks McFadden Award as the top collegiate player in the state of South Carolina in 2003 … Named the Male Amateur Athlete-of-the-Year by the South Carolina Hall of Fame for the 2003-04 academic year … Set Tiger season records for passing yards (3,561), completions (288) and pass attempts (465), topping the previous marks of 2,578 yards on 203 of 334 passes by Woodrow Dantzler in 2001 … Finished second in the ACC to Player-of-the-Year Philip Rivers in passing yards per game (273.9) … Ranked fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a pass efficiency rating of 135.6 … Set the single-season school record with five games of at least 300 passing yards … Completed 61.9 percent of his passes, the third-best season total in school history behind Nealon Greene (62.1 percent, 1997) and Brandon Streeter (63.1 percent, 1999) … Gained 44 yards with four scores on 92 carries (0.5 avg) … Had 52 passes for 20 yards or longer … Sacked 18 times for losses of 10973 yards and threw eleven interceptions … Fumbled nine times, with four of those miscues being recovered by the opposition.

2003 Game Analysis

Georgia … Opened the season with 151 yards on 19 of 31 passes, but was intercepted once, sacked twice for minus 11 yards and fumbled twice, including one where Whitehurst and center Tommy Sharp fumbled a snap, which was recovered by Georgia's Marcus Jackson near midfield … In the third quarter on fourth-and-2 from Georgia's 4, Whitehurst pitched to tailback Duane Coleman, who tried a pass to the quarterback in the left corner of the end zone. Coleman's throw hung in the air, though, and gave 270-pound lineman Robert Geathers enough time to break it up … The Tigers, down 16-0, had one last opportunity to get back in it with a first-and-goal from the 3 in the final period, but defensive end David Pollack picked off Whitehurst's screen pass out of the air for the interception.

Furman … Connected on 23 of 31 chances for 301 yards, two touchdowns and an interception … The Tigers began the game with a methodical 85-yard scoring drive, mixing six passes with eight runs. Whitehurst went 6-for-6 on the drive, and Kevin Youngblood caught five of those passes, including a 26-yard grab on a third-and-12. Chad Jasmin's 5-yard touchdown run gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead … After stuffing Furman on three straight plays, Whitehurst found Airese Curry streaking down the right side, hitting him in full stride for a 72-yard touchdown pass and a 14-0 lead.

Middle Tennessee … Threw four touchdown passes and gained 298 yards on 23 of 28 throws, adding 41 yards on nine carries for 339 yards in total offense in a 37-14 triumph … Whitehurst put the Tigers up to stay with a 29-yard scoring pass to Derrick Hamilton with less than four minutes gone … He followed that with touchdowns of 34 yards to Duane Coleman and 19 yards to Hamilton in the second quarter … On his last scoring throw, Whitehurst was spun around by a defender yet lofted a perfect toss to Airese Currie for a 4-yard score that gave Clemson a 33-7 lead in the third quarter … The Tigers got 30 first downs, had their most yards rushing on the season with 183, their first interception of the year and gave their grumbling fans something to smile about with their play.

Georgia Tech … Passed for 298 yards and three second-quarter touchdowns, leading Clemson past Georgia Tech 39-3 Saturday night in an unusually one-sided game for the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals … Hit on 23 of 38 throws, but one was intercepted … Also ran for a score while gaining 306 total yards … Whitehurst threw touchdown passes of 9 yards to Tony Elliott, 12 yards to Kevin Youngblood and 33 yards to Airese Currie - the last with just 12 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers a commanding 23-3 lead … Also added a rushing touchdown late in the game, sneaking over from the 1 to give Clemson its largest victory over the Yellow Jackets since a 73-0 rout in 1903 … Maybe the uniforms helped. The Tigers wore purple jerseys for the first time since the 1992 Citrus Bowl … Right from the start, it was clear that Clemson had decided to use its talented group of receivers to exploit the Yellow Jackets' suspect secondary. Whitehurst tried to go deep to Currie on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage, overthrowing the open receiver. But the Clemson sophomore soon got rolling and finished 23-of-38. The Tigers also rushed for 138 yards, finishing with 436 total yards … In the second quarter, Whitehurst put on a passing clinic. He found Derrick Hamilton all alone over the middle for a 47-yard reception, leading to the scoring pass to Elliott. The receiver was closely guarded by Reuben Houston, but leaped up and ripped the ball away from the cornerback to make it 10-0 … On Clemson's next possession, Whitehurst hooked up with Youngblood on a 44-yard pass, the 6-foot-5 receiver jumping over 5-10 Jonathan Cox to bring it down. Four plays later, Whitehurst completed a quick pass to Youngblood, who bounced off one defender and dragged Cox into the end zone for a 17-0 lead.

Maryland … Clemson's passing game was largely ineffective in the first half, save for the 70-yard touchdown pass from Whitehurst to Derrick Hamilton that cut Maryland's lead in half with 2:33 left in the second period … Finished with 22 of 45 passes for 320 yards, but two of his tosses were intercepted … Was also sacked four times for losses of 29 yards, finishing with minus 39 yards on 12 carries.

Virginia … Virginia coach Al Groh didn't buy it two years ago and he wasn't listening now.

"There was no push off," he said Saturday, "Don't even ask that." Groh was talking aboud about Clemson receiver Kevin Youngblood's 4-yard touchdown catch that gave the Tigers a 30-27 overtime victory. But he could've easily been discussing how the Cavaliers pulled off a last-second victory on Billy McMullen's TD reception in 2001 at Death Valley. "That wasn't the case with our guy then," Groh said. "And it's not the case now." It sure looked as though Youngblood created some space on defender Jamaine Winborne only moments before Whitehurst's floater landed in the receiver's hands. "Just a little separation," Youngblood said, smiling. "He was putting his hands on me all day long. Hey, I put my hands on him. Like I said, I'm a big, tall, physical receiver, I just went and got the ball."

And it brought the Tigers (4-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) their first victory over a ranked team in nine games … Clemson gave up a 10-point lead to trail 17-10. Then fought back again after Virginia forced overtime with 57 seconds remaining … The Tigers then took over and Whitehurst's 12-yard pass to Duane Coleman gave Clemson a first down at the Virginia 7. Two plays later, Whitehurst floated a pass into the left corner that Youngblood leaped to catch. Asked what he was watching for on the last play, Bowden said "Flags." Instead, it was orange-clad Clemson fans rushing the field as players surrounded and piled onto Youngblood. "I've never been involved in a win like this at Clemson," said Whitehurst. "Virginia got us two years ago just like this. It just happened to them this time. We were on the other side and felt the joy of winning." … Whitehurst finished with 27 of 44 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception … He ran for a score, but also fumbled on one of the three sacks delivered by Virginia, good for losses of 19 yards … Clemson had a season high 488 yards of total offense and 29 first downs, the same total the Tigers had two years ago in a 26-24 loss to the Cavaliers. The 29 first downs were the second most by the Tigers in a game this year (31 vs. Middle Tennessee), but tied for eighth most in a single game in Clemson history … Whitehurst's 27 pass completions tied for his second highest total as a Clemson player. He had a school game-record 34 pass completions at Duke in 2002.

North Carolina State … Followed with 23 of 37 passes for 196 yards and an interception, but was also sacked once for a 7-yard loss … After holding N.C. State to a three-and-out, Clemson put together a 65-yard scoring drive. Whitehurst found Bobby Williamson over the middle for a 23-yard pass play, leading to a 5-yard scoring run from tailback Chad Jasmin that cut the deficit to 17-15 with 6:01 to play. But the Tigers came up short on the 2-point try, as Tony Elliott couldn't haul in Whitehurst's low pass to the back of the end zone … Clemson had a final chance to win, but Whitehurst's pass for Kevin Youngblood was tipped by linebacker Pat Thomas and intercepted by Dovonte Edwards with about four minutes left. The Wolfpack then ran out the clock to seal the 17-15 win over the Tigers.

North Carolina … Bounced back with 309 yards and a touchdown on 18 of 34 passes … Also ran for a score as he gained 312 total yards … Derrick Hamilton began Clemson's scoring with his first-quarter touchdown catch from Whitehurst. The two also connected on a 30-yard pass to the 1 on fourth-and-7 that set up Whitehurst's scoring sneak a play later … His 309 passing was Whitehurst's third 300-yard game of the season and fourth of his career.

Wake Forest … Clemson struggled offensively all day and didn't get much help from Whitehurst, who was intercepted by cornerback Eric King as the Tigers were driving for a first-half score and lost two of three fumbles … Gained 272 yards on 26 of 42 passes, but was also sacked twice for losses of 24 yards … Whitehurst finally got Clemson on the board with 13:11 to play when he directed a drive that led to Aaron Hunt's 21-yard field goal that made it 45-3 … Whitehurst was benched midway through the fourth quarter when Chansi Stuckey replaced him.

Florida State … Clemson coach Tommy Bowden finally got the better of dear old dad, Bobby Bowden, as the Tigers upset FSU, 26-10 … Whitehurst threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Clemson ended Florida State's national title aspirations with its first victory ever over a top three team … The Tigers snapped an 11-game losing streak to the third-ranked Seminoles and gave Tommy Bowden his first win in five tries over his father. Fans tore down both goalposts after Clemson's biggest win in years … Whitehurst connected on 17 of 27 passes for 272 yards, an interception and a touchdown, adding 39 yards and a score on 19 carries … He continually made the game's biggest plays … A 17-yard pass to Kevin Youngblood led to Aaron Hunt's second field goal from 35 yards out and a 6-0 Clemson lead … With 2:50 to go in the half, Whitehurst led a 65-yard touchdown drive - 51 on a pass to Youngblood. Whitehurst finished it off himself with a 1-yard scoring run with 15 seconds left that made it 13-0 … He also lofted a pass to a wide-open Derrick Hamilton for a 58-yard touchdown that gave Clemson a 23-3 lead late in the third quarter … A pass interference call on cornerback Rufus Brown kept one Clemson field goal drive going. Two Clemson series later, Brown was about to be flagged for another interference call when defensive tackle Darnell Dockett inexplicably ran into Youngblood long after the play ended. Dockett, the team leader with 14 tackles for losses, was ejected. Still another Seminoles personal foul gave Clemson a first-and-goal just before Whitehurst's touchdown run.

Duke … Threw for a season-high 331 yards and three touchdowns on 27 of 40 attempts, but also had two interceptions … Turned the ball over once on a fumble … Picked the Duke defense apart with short passes and the Blue Devils compounded their problems with an inability to tackle. The final score could have been uglier, but Whitehurst had two passes picked off in the end zone … Whitehurst engineered a methodical 80-yard Tiger drive that ended with a 31-yard touchdown catch by Derrick Hamilton … Then Duke's Senterrio Landrum fumbled as he returned the ensuing kickoff. On the next play, Whitehurst flipped the ball to Hamilton around the line of scrimmage and the receiver turned it into a 25-yard touchdown to give Clemson a 14-0 lead … Whitehurst's 331 yards passing rank fourth on the school's game-record list, topped by his own 420-yard performance vs. Duke in 2002, 343 yards by Brandon Streeter vs. Virginia in 1999 and 333 yards by Woodrow Dantzler vs. North Carolina State in 2001.

South Carolina … Tied the school record with four touchdown passes (accomplished ten times in school history) and completed 18 of 26 throws for 302 yards, adding 43 yards on six carries for a season-high 345 yards in total offense … Whitehurst did most of the damage early on. He had long touchdown passes on Clemson's first three possessions - 36 yards to Derrick Hamilton, 28 yards to Airese Currie and 39 yards to Ben Hall - and completed his first 10 throws as the Tigers led 21-0 in the opening quarter … When South Carolina scored 10 straight points in the second quarter to tighten things up, Whitehurst pushed the Tigers to two more touchdowns … His 22-yard run helped set up Chad Jasmin's first 1-yard touchdown plunge for the day … Then Whitehurst had passes of 28 yards to Kevin Youngblood and 26 yards to Tony Elliott as Jasmin scored again from one yard out with 12 seconds to go before halftime … In the third quarter, Whitehurst got his record-tying fourth touchdown pass with a 27-yard toss to Duane Coleman.

Tennessee (Peach Bowl) … Led the team to a 27-14 win, hitting on 22 of 40 passes for 246 yards and an interception … Was also sacked once for a 12-yard loss … Clemson opened in its unique hurry-up offense, with Whitehurst calling most of the plays at the line of scrimmage, after first checking with the coaching staff. Tennessee tried to ruin the strategy by waiting until the last possible moment to line up, but it rarely helped, as the Tigers jumped to a 7-0 lead on the opening possession, going 80 yards in only 2:15, a drive capped by an 8-yard run by Duane Coleman after he took a pitch from Whitehurst and leaped over cornerback Gibril Wilson at the 2, giving the Tigers a touchdown on their initial drive for the third consecutive game … In the second quarter, Wilson intercepted Whitehurst's pass, and the turnover led to Casey Clausen's second scoring pass, this one a 30-yarder to Mark Jones … . But the play of the half came from the Tigers. Facing third-and-goal from the 8, they called a timeout, then quickly huddled near the line of scrimmage. They hurried to the ball in a box formation, with Whitehurst joined in the backfield by three other players. He took a snap in the shotgun, then leaned forward and reached through tailback Kyle Browning's legs and handed him the ball. After pausing for a moment, Browning raced to the left while the rest of the backfield went right, and he easily scored an 8-yard touchdown for a 24-14 lead.

2002 Season

Took over the quarterback job late in the season, starting five games … Ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in pass efficiency (145) in ACC regular-season games, second only to the 152 figure by ACC Player-of-the-Year Matt Schaub of Virginia (note-Whitehurst did not qualify for the final overall stats because he did not play enough games) … Did not play in each of the team's first three games vs. Georgia, Louisiana Tech and Georgia Tech, then, saw brief action vs. Ball State before missing the Florida State clash … Started the Duke, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina and Texas Tech (Tangerine Bowl) games … Finished with 123 of 214 passes (57.5 percent) for 1,554 yards, ten touchdowns and six interceptions … Added two scores rushing and averaged 170.4 yards per game in total offense … Had a streak of 108 consecutive passes without an interception; that was just 14 passes short of Rodney Williams' record (122 in 1988).

2002 Game Analysis

Ball State … Made his collegiate debut by completing all four pass attempts for 21 yards.

Duke … In his first career start, Whitehurst set school game-records as he connected on 34 of 52 passes for 420 yards and four touchdowns, breaking the previous marks of 27 pass completions by Brandon Streeter vs. North Carolina State in 1998 and 343 yards by Streeter vs. Virginia in 1999 … His four scoring tosses tied another school game-record … His 414 yards in total offense rank fourth on Clemson's game-record chart, surpassed only by Woodrow Dantzler (418 vs. Georgia Tech and 517 vs. North Carolina State in 2001 and 435 vs. Maryland in 1999) … Whitehurst was 11-17 for 215 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter (school record for passing yards in a quarter) … Led Clemson to three touchdowns in 4:05 to bring Clemson back from a 14-point deficit (it was the first time since 1980 that Clemson had overcome a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter) … His biggest play of the game was hitting Airese Currie on fourth-and-10 from the Duke 47 for a touchdown that brought score to 24-17 … Handled the ball for 65 plays, also a Tiger single-game record … Whitehurst was named ACC Player of the Week for that performance.

North Carolina … Followed with 12 of 20 passes for 274 yards and another four touch-downs … His 241.08 pass-efficiency mark at North Carolina was the best in Clemson history (minimum 20 attempts) … Also ran for an 11-yard score.

South Carolina … Threw for 287 yards on 27 of 38 attempts and ran for an 11-yard game-tying touchdown that capped a 10-play, 63-yard drive in the fourth quarter … Followed by engineering a 58-yard, 6-play drive that Bernard Rambert finished off with a 2-yard scoring run with 2:12 left in a 27-20 decision.

Texas Tech (Tangerine Bowl) … Gained 263 yards with a touchdown on 20 of 48 throws, but was intercepted four times in a 55-15 loss.

2001 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2000: Missed five games of his high school senior year with a broken thumb and a shoulder separation.

2002: Suffered a concussion vs. Texas Tech in the Tangerine Bowl, playing most of the game with the injury (discovered by doctors after the game), as he threw for 263 yards in that contest.

2005: Underwent surgery in January to clean out loose bodies in his right wrist … Sat out the Duke (11/05) game with a right shoulder strain that eventually required surgery to repair on Dec. 1. On Nov. 21, Whitehurst visited noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews and was told that the best course of action was rest and rehabilitation, not surgery. Dr. Andrews's diagnosis confirmed the findings of Clemson doctors throughout the season. Whitehurst had an MRI on in Birmingham, Alabama and, like the results earlier at Clemson, it did not show any structural damage. However, Whitehurst decided to take care of the shoulder in time to finish out his career with the Tigers. "The surgery was minor and I should be ready for the beginning of bowl practice," Whitehurst said. "We talked as a family about the situation over the holiday and we decided this was the best time to have the surgery. I look forward to playing my final game for Clemson, then will play in the Senior Bowl." Whitehurst had been bothered by shoulder pain since September. Clemson team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bowman performed outpatient surgery and Whitehurst went on to play in the team's bowl game.

Agility Tests

Campus: Not available.

High School

Attended Chattahoochee (Alpharetta, Ga.) High School, playing football for coach Bill Waters … Rated the 35th-best quarterback in the nation by Rivals100.com and the 35th-best prospect in Georgia by Super Prep … Passed for 888 yards and eight touchdowns in only six games as a senior, missing close to half of the season due to a separated shoulder and broken thumb … Still earned All-Southeast Region honors from Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report, was a member of the North Fulton Super 11 by Atlanta Journal and an Atlanta Touchdown Club Back-of-the-Week pick his senior year … The Atlanta Journal-Constitution selected him to Georgia's top 50 and the Southern top 100 … As a junior, Whitehurst passed for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns … Was also a four-year letterman and starter in baseball as an outfielder and first baseman.

Personal

Received his undergraduate degree in Marketing (May, 2005) … Named to the Clemson Academic Honor Roll many times, including the spring of 2005 … Son of former Green Bay Packer quarterback David Whitehurst, who played in the NFL from 1976-83 … Sister, Carrie, is a junior on the Clemson women's basketball team … Born Charlie David Whitehurst on 8/06/82 … Resides in Duluth, Georgia.

 
 

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