CLEMSON – Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson's starting quarterback the last four years, was selected in the third round of the NFL draft on Saturday by the San Diego Chargers. Whitehurst was the 17th pick of the third round and the 81st pick overall.
Whitehurst was named second-Team All-ACC quarterback in 2005 and holds 46 Clemson records when he graduated, including career passing yardage, career completions, and career touchdowns passes, career completion percentage and season completion percentage.
San Diego currently has two quarterbacks, A.J. Feeley and Phillip Rivers, listed on its roster.
Notes on his selection:
*Whitehurst is the first Clemson quarterback to be drafted since the
1979 draft when Steve Fuller was a first round pick of the Kansas
City Chiefs. Patrick Sapp played quarterback at Clemson for his
first three seasons, but played outside linebacker as a senior in 1995. He was a second round pick, the 50th selection of the 1996
draft, ironically, by the San Diego Chargers. Sapp played
linebacker his entire NFL career, including two years with the Chargers.
*Whitehurst will now be a teammate of former NC State quarterback
Philip Rivers, who played for the Pack from 2000-03. Rivers ranks
first in ACC history in career passing yards (13,484), and is first in career completions (1087), while Whitehurst is third in both areas. Whitehurst is third in passing yards with 9,665 and in completions with 817.
*Whitehurst and Rivers have something in common. They are the only quarterbacks in ACC history to beat Florida State twice. (Florida
State joined the ACC in 1992). Rivers was 2-2 in his career as a
starter against the Seminoles, while Whitehurst was 2-1, including a
35-14 victory on his Senior Day this past season.
*Whitehurst and Rivers were the opposing starting quarterbacks in a
game just once, in Raleigh in 2003. With two of the top three
quarterbacks in ACC history in terms of passing yardage competing in the same game you would think it was a high scoring affair. But, it was not, as the Pack beat Clemson 17-15 in a nationally televised Thursday evening game on ESPN. Whitehurst was 23-37 for 196 yards passing that night, his fewest passing yards in an ACC game that year. Rivers was 20-34 for 213 yards, his low passing yardage total that season against an ACC team.
*Whitehurst is the second member of his family to be drafted into the NFL. His father, David Whitehurst was an eighth round selection, the
206th pick of the 1977 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers. David
Whitehurst played seven years in the NFL, all for the Packers,
between 1977-83. Charlie was actually born in Green Bay on August
6, 1982, as David was going through preseason camp for the Packers just prior to his sixth season in the NFL.
*Fuller was drafted on April 29, just two days after his father's
birthday (April 27). His father was drafted on May 4, 1977.
*Whitehurst is the first former Tiger drafted by the Chargers since the 2001 draft when Robert Carswell was a seventh-round pick as a free safety.
*Whitehurst will attempt to be the first former Tiger to play for the Chargers since Adrian Dingle, who was a starting defensive end for San Diego between 1999-04.
*The last time a former Clemson quarterback was on an NFL roster as a quarterback was 1988 when Steve Fuller was on the roster of theŠ..the San Diego Chargers. Fuller did not play in a game that year, but was
on the active roster. Former Clemson quarterback Woody Dantzler
played in the NFL in 2002-04, but he was never a quarterback. He was
a running back, receiver and kickoff returner. A former Clemson
quarterback has not thrown a pass in an NFL game from the quarterback position since Fuller threw 64 passes for the Chicago Bears in 1986.
The NFL draft will continue with rounds 4 through 7 on Sunday. Other Tigers that are available to be selected on the second day of the Draft include:
WR Curtis Baham
DL Charles Bennett
DB Jamaal Fudge
DL Cory Groover
FB Steven Jackson
TE Bobby Williamson