A second-team All-ACC selection at safety ... Started all 14 games, including 11 at rover and three at free safety ... Played over 800 snaps on defense and 96 on special teams ... Had 83 tackles, including a tackle for loss, along with two interceptions, a forced fumble, a hurry and four pass breakups on the season ... Had four tackles and returned an interception 43 yards against Appalachian State ... Registered three tackles at ECU ... Was in on four tackles in the win over Arkansas State ... Had two solo tackles, including one for seven lost yards in the win at Marshall ... Posted a team-high 12 tackles, including six solo stops in the Clemson game ... Recorded six tackles and a breakup in the win over Miami ... Had four tackles and a breakup at Wake Forest ... Contributed five tackles against BC ... Registered seven tackles and an interception on the opening series at Duke ... Added four tackles at Georgia Tech ... Had a big game against UNC with 12 tackles and a breakup ... Tallied three tackles at Virginia ... Led the defense with 12 tackles, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble in the ACC Championship Game against Clemson ... Had five tackles and a pass breakup in his final game of his career, coming in the Sugar Bowl against Michigan.
Started 13 games, including 10 at free safety ... Was third on the team in tackles with 80 ... Intercepted two passes and broke up six ... Forced a pair of fumbles ... Contributed seven tackles and forced a fumble during the Boise State game ... Picked up eight tackles, including one behind the line against ECU ... Was in on six tackles at Boston College ... Added seven hits and caused a fumble against NC State ... Posted seven tackles and two breakups in the Central Michigan game ... Had a tackle for loss and five total tackles against Wake Forest ... Missed the Duke game with a foot injury ... Returned to action against Georgia Tech ... Made a crucial interception in the end zone during the first half of the UNC game ... Also contributed five tackles ... Had nine tackles and a breakup at Miami ... Intercepted a pass and returned it 19 yards against Virginia ... Also contributed four tackles, including one behind the line, as well as a pass breakup ... Posted a team-leading nine tackles to go with two pass breakups and a TFL during the ACC title game win over FSU ... Had seven tackles against Stanford in the Orange Bowl ... Had two tackles for loss and five total tackles during Tech's second spring scrimmage ... Intercepted a pass in the third scrimmage and had four tackles, a TFL and two pass breakups in scrimmage four ... Registered three tackles in the Maroon-White game ... Earned the President's Award as the top defensive leader during the off-season and spring.
Played 179 snaps on defense and 135 plays on special teams during the 12 regular season games ... Finished with 18 total tackles to go with two pass breakups ... Saw action on seven special team plays during the Alabama game and was in on a tackle ... Played 43 snaps against Marshall with four tackles and a pass breakup ... Picked up his first collegiate start in the Nebraska game, opening at field corner ... Started and played every defensive down in the Nebraska game ... Compiled eight tackles, including one for a loss ... Had a tackle and a pass break up in 20 plays against Miami ... Played 10 special team plays at Duke with a tackle ... Picked up a tackle in 30 defensive plays against Boston College and added 19 more plays on special teams ... Was in on nine special team plays against both Georgia Tech and North Carolina ... Played two defensive snaps and 13 plays on special teams in the ECU game.
Worked six plays on defense and eight on special teams at Maryland ... Picked up four plays on defense and nine on special teams against NC State ... Saw brief action on defense and picked up a tackle on special teams ... Played in the Chick-fil-A game against Tennessee ... Earned 100% Effort Awards for five of the team's six pre-spring 6 a.m. workouts ... Had two tackles for loss and an interception during Tech's second Saturday scrimmage of the spring ... Also posted an interception in the Maroon-White game, along with five total tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup ... Earned the Frank O. Moseley Award as the defensive player who exhibited the most hustle during the off-season and spring workouts.
Spent some time at cornerback and safety ... Saw the majority of his action on special teams ... Was in on eight tackles ... Got his first call on special teams with six plays and a tackle against East Carolina ... Picked up nine plays at cornerback during the win over Furman, adding another tackle ... Worked five special team plays against Georgia Tech and nine at UNC ... Was in for 11 plays on special teams at Nebraska ... Posted a tackle while playing 11 special team plays against WKU ... Had two tackles at FSU ... Saw action on seven special team plays in the Maryland game ... Was in on two special team tackles at Miami ... Got seven plays on the kickoff and punt return/block team against Virginia ... Was in on a tackle while playing 11 special team plays in the ACC title game against BC ... Bench pressed 300 pounds during off-season workouts ... Moved to the boundary corner spot for the spring ... Returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown during the team's first spring scrimmage work ... Had four tackles in the second scrimmage, five in the third and posted a sack during the final spring scrimmage.
A talented player for Coach Mike Newsome at Butler High ... Rated the No. 16 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. ... Ranked the No. 51 safety in the country by SuperPrep ... Ranked the No. 61 safety in the country and the No. 20 player in the Tar Heel State by rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 19 player in the state of North Carolina by scout.com ... Rated the No. 22 prospect in North Carolina by SuperPrep ... Ranked a "Super Prospect" by CSTV.com's Tom Lemming ... Missed the entire 2007 season with a torn ACL suffered in a preseason 7-on-7 camp ... Had over 100 tackles and six interceptions as a junior, earning all-league honors.
Eddie Whitley ... Born 10/26/89 in Fayetteville, NC ... Son of Ed and Joann Whitley ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management (residential property management).