A dominating shut down corner, Clemson's Hill was one of three finalists for the 2005 Thorpe Award, presented annually to college football's top defensive back.
A 5-10, 180-pounder from Saint George, S.C., the consensus first-team
All-American had seven pass break-ups, three interceptions and a
team-leading 10 passes defended during his outstanding senior
campaign. He also led the ACC and ranked third in the nation in
passes defended in 2004 with 21.
Whitehurst finished his career the holder of 42 different Clemson
passing and total offense records, including career passing yardage
with 9,656, career completions with 817 and career touchdown passes
With the 19-10 victory over Colorado in the Champs Sports Bowl, he
also finished with 25 victories, second in Clemson history, including
eight fourth-quarter comeback wins during his career, tied for first
among all active Division I quarterbacks in 2005.
The 6-4, 225-pounder from Duluth, Ga., and the son of former NFL
quarterback David Whitehurst, passed for 2,483 yards and 11 TD's in
2005, and his 9,763 career yards of total offense. He also finished
third on the all-time ACC passing list.
The Senior Bowl is the nation's premier pre-draft showcase, annually
featuring the top senior NFL draft prospects on teams coached by the
entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.
Senior Bowl practices are also attended by over 700 NFL general
managers, head coaches, scouts and other front office personnel each
In 2005, 10 Senior Bowlers were chosen in the first-round of the NFL
Draft and 83 players were drafted overall.
The 2006 Senior Bowl will kickoff at 3:00 p.m. on January 28, and the
game will be nationally televised by ESPN.
The Senior Bowl is also a non-profit, charity event that, together
with its charitable partner Food World, distributed over $1.2 million
to charities in 2005.
Whitehurst, Hill Named to Senior Bowl
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