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Chargers draft QB Charlie Whitehurst in the 3rd round

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    <img alt="Charlie Whitehurst" title="Charlie Whitehurst" src="http://moonlightandmagnolias.com/myimages/charlie_whitehurst_and_football.jpg" />

    The Chargers have found their #3 QB in Charlie Whitehurst from Clemson. The 6'5" 223 lb. quarterback passed for 2474 yards, 11 Td's, 10 Int's while leading Clemson to an 8-4 record.

    <strong><em>Pros:</em></strong> Prototypical size and frame with great potential, but after this season, potential is all he is. Has shown good speed and leadership.
    <strong><em>Cons:</em></strong> Really hit a wall junior year - after a promising first 2 outings, did not hold up well. Can make very boneheaded throws at times. Not the best decision maker at times.

    Draft Exchange Analysis:
    Official bio:

    <strong>Whitehurst Fact:</strong> Joins former all-time Clemson great Homer Jordan as the only quarterbacks to start two wins over top-10 teams in the same season.
    <strong>Years Lettered:</strong> 2002,03
    <strong>Bowl Participation:</strong> Starting quarterback in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl against Texas Tech and the 2004 Peach Bowl against #6 Tennessee.
    <strong>Fall 2004 Depth Chart Position:</strong> First-team quarterback

    <strong>Overview: </strong>All-America candidate...owns 33 school passing records; he has started just 18 career games...Clemson's career leader in seven areas, including pass efficiency and completion percentage...has thrown for more yards (5,115) by the end of his sophomore year than any other ACC quarterback in history other than N.C. State's Philip Rivers...joins Rivers as the only 5,000-yard sophomores in ACC history...shattered the Tiger single-season passing record with 3,561 yards in 2003...tied the single-season school record with 21 touchdown passes in 2003; Woodrow Dantzler also had 21 in 2001...Honorable Mention All-ACC; he missed second-team by just one vote...fifth-best quarterback in the nation by Sporting News; he is the 13th-best by Phil Steele...third-team preseason All-American by Athlon; he is an honorable mention pick by Street & Smith...Heisman Trophy candidate by NationalChamps.net and Street & Smith...13th-best player in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...11th-best quarterback in the nation by CBS.SportsLine.com...recipient of the Banks McFadden Award as the top collegiate football player in South Carolina in 2003...already is third in Tiger history in career passing yardage; only Woodrow Dantzler and Nealon Greene are ahead of him...first in school history with a 135.3 career pass efficiency mark...third in Tiger history with 31 career touchdown passes; he trails only Dantzler and Greene...2003-04 Male Amateur Athlete-of-the-Year by the South Carolina Hall of Fame...son of seven-year NFL quarterback David Whitehurst, who a quarterback at Furman and with the Packers...outstanding student in marketing who has been on the ACC Academic Honor Roll, including the spring of 2004...won the Solid Rock and Tiger Pride Awards in 2003 for consistency...consistent performer who has completed 63 percent of his passes in Death Valley and 62 percent on opponents' home fields...has had some of his better games on the road; he has a 61-percent completion percentage and 13 touchdowns in four ACC road games in his career...has been the South Carolina nemesis; he is 2-0 against the Gamecocks and has thrown for 589 yards in those two games; has a 70.3 completion percentage against South Carolina in two games...has a 12-6 overall record as a starter...started every game in 2003 and has started 18 games in a row.

    <strong>2003:</strong> Finished second in the ACC to Player-of-the-Year Philip Rivers in passing yards per game (273.9)...fourth in pass efficiency (135.6)...30th in the nation in pass efficiency and 14th in total offense...set the single-season school record with five games of at least 300 passing yards; he has six for his career, also a school record; has had two other games with 298 yards passing...has thrown four touchdowns in a game four different times in his career, including the win at South Carolina...led the Tigers to four-game winning streak to end the season; he was 84-133 for 1,151 yards and eight touchdowns during the streak; that computes to a 140.3 pass efficiency figure and a 63.2 completion percentage...threw for 302 yards at South Carolina, most ever by a Tiger against the Gamecocks; named ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week for that performance; also nominated for National Player-of-the-Week by USAToday.com...named Clemson's Offensive Player-of-the-Game three times by Tiger coaches, more than any other player; he won the award for his efforts against Middle Tennessee, Florida State, and Duke...passed for 301 yards and two touchdowns against Furman...was 23-28 for 298 yards and four touchdowns against Middle Tennessee...threw for 298 yards again the next week in the 39-3 win at Georgia Tech; he also had three touchdowns passing and one rushing...threw for 320 yards and a touchdown at Maryland; he injured his foot in that game, but continued to play throughout the year...performed valiantly against #24 Virginia; he passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns; also scored on a quarterback sneak; threw the game-winning touchdown in overtime to Kevin Youngblood...turned in a brilliant performance against Florida State; he guided the Tigers to an upset over the #3 Seminoles with 272 yards passing; his yardage total included a 51-yard pass to Kevin Youngblood in the final seconds of the first half; that play set up a one-yard touchdown scramble; also hit Derrick Hamilton on a 58-yard touchdown in the second half and had 39 rushing yards, giving him 311 yards of total offense, the second-highest figure ever by a Tiger against Florida State...was 27-40 for a season-high 331 yards and three scores against Duke; it gave him 751 passing yards in two starts against Duke...led Clemson to an onslaught at rival South Carolina; he was 18-26 for 302 yards and four scores; he began the game 10-10; had three touchdown passes in the first quarter to three different receivers; ran for 43 yards as well, giving him 345 yards of total offense, a season high...solid performer in the Peach Bowl against #6 Tennessee; was 22-40 for 246 yards against a strong defense...ESPN/Capital One Player-of-the-Game versus the Volunteers...led the team to pair of top-10 wins (over #3 Florida State and #6 Tennessee)...first Tiger quarterback to start two wins over top-10 teams in the same year since Homer Jordan had three in 1981.

    <strong>2002:</strong> Second in the ACC in pass efficiency (145) in ACC regular-season games, second only to the 152 figure by ACC Player-of-the-Year Matt Schaub (Virginia); did not qualify for the final overall stats because he did not play enough games...did not play in each of the first three games, then went 4-4 for 21 yards against Ball State...missed the Florida State game, then turned heads by going 7-7 for 92 yards and a touchdown on the last possession at Virginia...got his first start at Duke on November 2 and set many records; completed 34-52 passes for 420 yards and four scores...set a Tiger record for completions (34); in fact it was seven more completions than any other Tiger in history; his 420 passing yards broke the previous record by nearly 80 yards; tied the single-game mark for scoring passes; the 420 yards were the most in the ACC in 2002 and his 414 yards of total offense was the second-highest, single-game figure in the ACC in 2002; had 414 yards of total offense, the third-highest, single-game mark in Clemson history; only a pair of 400-yard games by Woodrow Dantzler are higher; named ACC Offensive Player-of-the-Week for that performance; was 11-17 for 215 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter; that was a school record for passing yards in a quarter; led Clemson to three touchdowns in 4:05 to bring Clemson back from a 14-point deficit; it was the first time since 1980 that Clemson had overcome a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter; biggest play of the game was hitting Airese Currie on fourth-and-10 from the Duke 47 for a touchdown that brought score to 24-17; handled the ball for 65 plays, also a Tiger single-game record...continued his fine performance at North Carolina, passing for 274 yards and four more scores; thus he tied the single-game touchdown pass record in each of his first two starts; had a 241 pass-efficiency mark at North Carolina, best in Clemson history (min. 20 attempts)...was 27-38 for 287 yards against South Carolina; that was the most completions and passing yards by a Tiger against the Gamecocks in history; played all 79 snaps; his biggest play, however, was an 11-yard run for the tying touchdown on a third-down play...thew just two interceptions in 166 regular-season passes...had a streak of 108 consecutive passes without an interception; that was just 14 passes short of Rodney Williams' record (122 in 1988).

    <strong>2001:</strong> Red-shirted as a backup to quarterbacks Woodrow Dantzler and Willie Simmons...voted team's most improved quarterback during the spring practice of 2002...had a solid spring; he was 14-15 passing for 227 yards and four touchdowns in the March 9 scrimmage...was 20-26 for 174 yards in the Spring Game.

    <strong>Before Clemson:</strong> The #35 quarterback in the nation according to Rivals100.com...a three-star player according to Rivals.com...37th-best player in Georgia by SuperPrep...passed for 888 yards and eight touchdowns; he played just six games as a senior due to a separated shoulder and broken thumb...an All-Southeast Region player by Tom Lemming...member of the North Fulton Super 11 by Atlanta Journal and an Atlanta Touchdown Club Back-of-the-Week pick his senior year...selected to Georgia's top 50 and the Southern top 100 by Atlanta Constitution...team captain as a senior...passed for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior...four-year letterman and starter in baseball as an outfielder and first baseman...his sister (Carrie) will be a sophomore on Clemson's women's basketball team in 2004-05...played for Bill Waters...chose Clemson over North Carolina...born Charlie David Whitehurst on August 6, 1982...majoring in marketing.

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