Second-team All-MAC by the media after being named to the Butkus Award watch list. Started 11 of 12 games and finished with 59 tackles, a team-high 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Played in all 12 games with eight starts at outside linebacker ... also played on the punt and kickoff return units ... finished sixth on defense with 56 tackles, including 7.5 TFL ... had five tackles and a six-yard interception return at Miami ... had four tackles and a break-up against Ohio ... had three tackles and a break-up in the win at Kent State ... had three solo stops, two TFL, and a forced fumble in the shutout of Akron ... had four solo tackles and a hurry in the win at Buffalo ... had five tackles in the win over Bowling Green ... had six tackles at Northern Illinois ... had three tackles in the win at Army ... had nine tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble at No. 23/20 Penn State ... had five tackles, 3.5 TFL, and a 10-yard sack in the win over Connecticut en route to Honorable Mention national player of the week honors ... had four tackles in the win over Central Michigan ... had five tackles, including a TFL, in the win over Villanova in the season opener.
Played in all 13 games ... also played on the punt, punt return, and kickoff return units ... finished the season with 30 tackles, 4.5 TFL, and two break-ups ... had an assisted tackle and a hurry against UCLA in the EagleBank Bowl ... had two solo takedowns at Ohio .. made three solo tackles, a TFL, and a break-up in the win at Akron ... had four tackles in the win over Miami ... made two stops in the win at Navy ... had a tackle and a break-up in the win at Toledo ... made a solo stop in the win over Army ... had an assist for a TFL in the win over Ball State ... made six stops, including five solos and two TFL, in the win at Eastern Michigan ... made two solo stops in the win over Buffalo ... had a solo tackle at No. 5 Penn State.
Played in all 12 game ... one of six freshmen to play in every game ... also saw playing time as a member of the kickoff and kickoff return units ... had three solo tackles in his collegiate debut at Army ... had a solo tackle against Western Michigan ... made two solo stops in the win over Eastern Michigan ... had an assist in the win over Akron.
Team captain ... played at West Side HS for coach Brian Logan ... played safety, wide receiver, tight end, and running back for the 2007 state champions ... as a senior, had 130 tackles, seven deflections, three interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries ... named to the 2008 All-Academic Team ... selected to play in the Governor's Bowl ... experienced an incredible turnaround during his prep career ... two-time All-Skyline Conference honoree ... named All-County and All-Academic as a sophomore ... team went from 1-9 his freshman season to 10-2 with a NJSIAA Group III Sectional championship his senior season.
Tahir Ali Whitehead ... born April 2, 1990, in Jersey City, N.J. ... mother is Quadira Whitehead ... siblings are Quaheem (22), Janavia (17) and Dariq (5).