"Growing up, I was an Eagles fan so I always watched Randall Cunningham when I was younger," Whitney, Villanova's star quarterback, told Packer Report on Wednesday, a couple days after he worked out for the Packers, 49ers and a couple other teams on campus. "I just loved him growing up because I feel like I have a similar style of just finding a way to make a play, just like he did. And I watched Donovan McNabb for a number of years, too. When a play broke down, he'd find a way to make a first down."
Whitney made a lot of plays while turning the Wildcats into more than just a basketball powerhouse.
As a junior, he led Villanova to the Football Championship Subdivision national championship. As a senior, he led Villanova back to the national semifinal game. Combined in his three seasons as a full-time starter, he completed 65.8 percent of his passes with 50 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Plus — in Cunningham fashion — he rushed for 2,060 yards and 23 more touchdowns.
That do-anything approach helped him post a career record of 34-10 as a starter and a 7-2 mark in the playoffs.
"I think my strengths are finding a way to win — I had a pretty good record in college as a starting quarterback — my leadership skills and if a play breaks down, just finding a way to make a play and get the first down if it's third-and-short," he said.
The 6-foot-2 Whitney said he was pleased with his workout, which included about 30 passes. But it's not so much his arm talent (he's got a decent arm) and athletic ability (plenty of that) as it is the intelligence (all-conference on the field and academically) and intangibles that are sure to impress teams.
"As a quarterback, if you're not a leader, I don't think you can be a good quarterback," he said. "Even if you're not the captain of the team, everybody's still looking at you. You've got the ball in your hands every play. I think being a good leader comes with being a quarterback."
Like most kids, Whitney dreamed about playing in the NFL. And while he's not likely to be drafted, he just wants a chance to fulfill that dream.
"I think I can be a successful quarterback in the NFL," he said. "Once I get that chance I'll be able to show teams my talents and my ability to be a good quarterback."
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