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23 Jeff Whitaker
  • Placekicker/Punter
  • 5-11, 196
  • 2002-04, 1L
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Nease/Wake Forest)

The holder his senior year who served three years as a reserve kicker after transferring from Wake Forest…Graduated December of 2004…

CAREER: Saw action in 13 games for 69 plays…

2004: Received the John Eibner Award at the conclusion of the 2004 season…The holder on field goal and extra points units who saw time in all 12 games…Was the quarterback for the scout team during the majority of the season…

2003: Did not see action during the season…

2002: The backup kicker behind Matt Leach…Dressed for 10 games (UAB, Miami, Ohio, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina, FSU, Michigan) but only saw action on one play…Faked a hold on a field-goal attempt vs. LSU but his pass to running back Ran Carthon fell incomplete…

2001: Began collegiate career at Wake Forest where he redshirted and transferred after his initial year to play football for Florida…

PREP: Played quarterback in addition to his kicking duties at Nease High School… Three-year captain (1997-99)…1999 St. John's County Player of the Year…First team all-city and first-team all-county…All-St. John's County Kicker and Quarterback (1997-99)…1998 All-State honorable mention…Owned a 40-yard punting aver- age as a senior…Threw 14 touchdowns and completed 253 passes for a school- record 1,547 yards as a senior...Passed for a school-record 3,547 yards in his career…Also set the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (495 yards)…High school coach was Jake Kimball…Also captain of the soccer team…Member of the National Honor Society…Considered Boston College, Princeton and Georgia Tech in the recruiting process before deciding on Wake Forest initially…

MAJOR: History.


  • Says he chose Florida because he has "loved it as long as I can remember"
  • A member of the National Honor Society in high school, also considered Princeton, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech
  • Favorite sports personality is former Gator Danny Wuerffel, saying, "Every Gator fan my age loves him."
  • Father Gil played football for Vanderbilt and grandfather Edward played football for Georgia. Cousin Bryan Brennan played basketball for Georgia Tech (1994-97)
  • Was a quarterback for Nease HS in Ponte Vedra Beach, setting school records for single season (1,537) and career (3,754) passing yards
  • Began his college FB career at Wake Forest, where he was a scholarship quarterback. During his time at Wake, Whitaker was teammates with C.J. Leak. Whitaker described Leak as an 8th grader as "you knew as soon as you saw him play he would be awesome."
  • Left his scholarship at Wake Forest to play for his favorite team- the Gators. As a walk-on, was picked from a group of 25 students to make the team
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