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    Josh Whitman
    87 Josh Whitman
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    West Lafayette, Ind.

    High School:
    Harrison H.S.

    Height / Weight:
    6-4 / 243

    Position:
    TE

    1999 Highlights
    Started 12 games at tight end ... Was team's fifth-leading receiver with 20 catches ... Had one catch for 33 yards against No. 2 Penn State ... Set career highs in receptions (four) and touchdown catches (two) at Ohio State ... Had three receptions at Louisville ... Caught two passes, including a 25-yarder at Indiana ... Ranked 16th in the nation in tight end receptions ... Caught three passes for touchdowns, one against San Diego State ... Earned GTE/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American honors ... Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection ... Won the team's Scholar-Athlete award at the annual banquet for his 3.97 GPA in Illinois' nationally ranked business school.

    1998 Highlights
    Earned his second varsity letter in two years, playing in all 11 games and making two starts at tight end with 10 catches for 121 yards (12.1 average) ... Made eight catches for 89 yards in last four games ... Caught 25-yarder vs. Wisconsin ... Enjoyed career-high four catches for 43 yards vs. Indiana, including a 19-yard catch and two key grabs on opening touchdown drive ... Hauled in two passes for 19 yards vs. Purdue and two for 27 yards at Michigan State.

    1997 Highlights
    Played in all 11 games as a true freshman, starting four games in a two-tight end set alongside senior Matt Cushing ... Pulled in 19-yarder in collegiate debut vs. Southern Miss ... Caught nine passes for 98 yards (10.9 avg.) in rookie season ... Caught 30-yarder at Indiana ... Enjoyed three-catch games vs. Purdue (26 yds) and Washington St (16 yds).

    High School Highlights
    A first-team All-State pick as a senior, as well as a State Coaches Association "Top 50" selection ... Indiana Mr. Football nominee ... A three-time All-Hoosier Conference pick ... A three-time All-Area selection ... Named Region IV Most Valuable Player and served as a captain in the annual North-South All-Star game ... Caught 32 passes for 457 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, along with 42 tackles, six tackles-for-loss, one sack, and one interception returned for a touchdown from his defensive end position ... Caught 90 balls for 1,272 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career ... Harrison won sectional title in 1994 ... Helped lead Harrison to 1995 and 1996 Hoosier Conference titles ... Four-year varsity team record was 26-16, including 9-2 as a junior ... High school coach was A.J. Rickard, one of the winningest coaches in Indiana history ... Also was a four-year letterwinner in basketball ... Is Harrison's 3rd all-time leading scorer; recorded over a 1,100 points and 500 rebounds in his career ... As a senior led team to best finish in school history, a birth in the Sweet Sixteen, and a final record of 20-5 .. . A 4.0 student in high school, Josh was valedictorian of his class and a member of the National Honor Society ... Student body president.

    Personal
    Born Aug. 5, 1978 ... Finance major ... Lists most memorable sports moments as beating Michigan and Ohio State on the road during his junior season ... Calls his parents, Mark and Mary Beth Whitman, the most inspirational people in his life ... Father, Mark, played basketball at the University of Indianapolis, then known as Indiana Central ... Enjoys the outdoors, listening to music, and relaxing with friends.

    Career Highs

    Receptions: 4 at Ohio State, 11/13/99
    Yards: 43 vs. Indiana, 11/7/98
    Long play: 33 vs. Penn State, 10/30/99
    Touchdown: 2 at Ohio State, 11/13/99

    Receiving Statistics

    YEAR G REC YDS AVG. Y/PG TD LP
    1997 11 9 98 10.9 8.9 0 30
    1998 11 10 121 12.1 11.0 0 2
    1999 12 20 189 9.4 15.8 3 33
    Career 34 39 408 10.5 12.0 3 33

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