Whitehead named to FWAA All-Freshman Team


Nikki Moriello | Visual Editor

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

Jordan Whitehead’s big freshman season just earned him another honor.

The Football Writers Association of America named the Pitt football safety to its 15th annual Freshman All-American team as one of five defensive backs selected.

A 10-person panel consisting of writers representing each Football Bowl Subdivision conference deemed Whitehead worthy after a 2015 season that saw him lead the Panthers in tackles with 109 — the highest total by a Pitt true freshman in program history.

Whitehead also tallied six tackles for loss, an assist on a sack, six pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

He saw action on offense as well, rushing 12 times for 122 yards and two touchdowns in limited time.

The honor furthers Whitehead’s list of accomplishments this season. He was named to Freshman All-American teams by Sporting News, USA Today, Scout, ESPN and 247Sports, and earned rookie of the year honors from the ACC media and coaches.

He also earned a spot on both the media and coaches’ overall All-ACC third team.

In other FWAA awards, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi was a finalist for its First Year Coach of the Year honor. The committee selected Houston’s Tom Herman as its winner.