After three seasons in a Pitt football uniform, safety Jordan Whitehead is ready to turn pro. Whitehead announced his intention to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft on Monday morning with a brief statement.
“After much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to begin preparing for the next step in my career and enter the 2018 NFL Draft,” Whitehead said in a released statement, via Twitter. “It has been an honor and a privilege to play for this university, Coach [Pat Narduzzi], and this coaching staff for the past three years. I would like to thank them for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime, but feel I am ready to take the next step in achieving my dreams.”
The former ACC Rookie of the Year and three-time All-ACC player will be one of the top underclassmen at the safety position on the NFL Draft board in the spring. He is the second Pitt player to declare for the NFL a year early, joining wide receiver Quadree Henderson in doing so.
Whitehead had one interception and 60 tackles in nine games this season. Whitehead also picked up some assignments in the running game and special teams, showcasing his ability to contribute in a variety of ways for the Panthers, and that could be used to improve his draft outlook moving forward.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley and defensive back Marlon Humphrey and Clemson offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins will be playing a rather important game in just a number of hours, but they each received one more honor for the 2015 season. Each was named to the Freshman All-America Team on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.
UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers were among some of the more household names appearing on the Freshman All-America team from the FWAA on Monday. The FWAA also included first-year Houston head coach Tom Herman as its First Year Coach of the Year. Herman beat out finalists Jim Harbaugh of Michigan and Pat Narduzzi of Pittsburgh. The Freshman All-American team featured 10 redshirt freshmen this season and included 12 players for both offense and defense, with five more specifically for special teams.
2015 FWAA Freshman All-America Team
- QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
- RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- RB Myles Gaskin, Washington
- RB Mike Warren, Iowa State
- WR Penny Hart, Georgia State
- WR Richie James, Middle Tennessee
- WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
- OL William Clapp, LSU
- OL Will Noble, Houston
- OL Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
- OL Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
- OL Connor Williams, Texas
- DE Walter Brady, Missouri
- DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
- DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri
- DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
- LB T.J. Edwards, Wisconsin
- LB Dre Greenlaw, Arkansas
- LB Malik Jefferson, Texas
- DB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State
- DB Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
- DB Andrew Wingard, Wyoming
- DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh