The Pitt sophomore from Aliquippa was one of Pennsylvania’s top prospects coming out of Central Valley High School, where he scored 35 touchdowns as a senior en route to being named the player of the year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Beaver County Times.
It was no surprise, then, when Whitehead carried his high school success to college. As a freshman, Whitehead was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Rookie of the Year after recording 109 tackles and scoring three touchdowns—two of which came on offense—for the Panthers.
But it was not just on the football field where Whitehead had college success. He was one of five Pitt football players to earn a spot on the ACC Academic All-American.
“They are achieving at exceptional levels in the classroom and on the field,” Narduzzi said of the Panthers Academic All-Americans. “Our entire program takes great pride in their academic and athletic accomplishments.”
Whitehead, who is enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, believes there are many keys to be able to achieve as both a student and athlete.
“It is important to take advantage of all the help you have at your disposal,” Whitehead said. “Ask questions of your teachers and coaches, then plan accordingly. Look at your schedule the day before and work to have a plan to get done everything you need to during that next day.”
Planning ahead of time makes it easier and less stressful on him, he said. Whitehead also likes to find time each day to better himself as a person, athlete and student.
“There are only 24 hours in the day so you need to prioritize how you will spend your time,” Whitehead said. “Bettering yourself everyday will only make you stronger.”