As a Senior (2013): An honorable mention All-ACC selection by the coaches and media ... named the defensive player of the year at the team banquet ... ranked eighth in the ACC in sacks with 9.0 ... started all 13 games ... recorded a sack for a loss of 15 yards against FIU (8/31) ... had a sack for a loss of 16 yards against Old Dominion (9/7) ... recorded a career-best three sacks for a loss of 25 yards at Connecticut (9/14) ... notched four tackles and a TFL against West Virginia (9/21) ... recorded five tackles, 1.5 TFL and forced a fumble against Virginia (10/12) ... recorded a sack and 1.5 TFL at Wake Forest (10/19) ... had seven tackles, a sack and two TFL against Clemson (10/26) ... recorded four tackles and a half sack against Virginia Tech (11/16) ... notched a sack against NC State (11/30) ... had two tackles including one for a loss against Marshall in the Military Bowl (12/27).
As a Sophomore (2011): Played in eight games with five starts, all at defensive end … took over as the starter for the final five games … tied for fourth on the team in sacks (2.5) … had two tackles and a forced fumble vs. Florida State (10/22) … posted a career-best four tackles, including one sack, vs. Notre Dame (11/12) … had three tackles, including one sack, vs. NC State (11/26).
As a Redshirt Freshman (2010): Played in the first two games as a reserve defensive end … injured his right knee on his lone play vs. Morgan State (9/11) … had surgery in October and missed the remainder of the season.
As a Freshman (2009): Redshirt season.
At Northwest High School: A top-notch outside linebacker … also played tight end for the Jaguars, starting his final two seasons … ranked No. 39 in SuperPrep’s Mid-Atlantic 54 … rated the 63rd-best strongside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com … rated 89th nationally at outside linebacker according to Rivals … recorded 39 tackles, including 9.0 TFLs, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior in his only season playing on the defensive side of the ball … caught 25 passes for 372 yards and three TDs at tight end … also punted 16 times for a 28.5-yard average … helped the Jaguars (7-4) reach the playoffs … earned first team All-County 4A honors in 2008 … contributed 15 catches for 242 yards and three TDs as a junior in 2007 … also participated in track & field in high school, running sprints and throwing shot put … clocked at 4.48 in the 40-yard dash … also considered West Virginia, East Carolina, Buffalo and Akron … coached by Andrew Fields.
Personal: Parents are Scott and Jennifer Whitfield … was coached by his father in various sports throughout childhood … chose Maryland because of the academic programs and the team’s family-like environment … lists Vernon Davis as his favorite all-time Terp … an American studies major.