Former FSU WR/KR Kermit Whitfield – Photo by: Getty Images
PewterReport.com is covering all of the East West Shrine practices this week from St. Petersburg, and will daily provide a player spotlight article.
On Monday we profile former FSU standout wide receiver/kick returner Kermit Whitfield.
The speedy Whitfield helped the Seminoles come from behind to beat the Auburn Tigers in the 2013 NCAA championship game with a 101-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. While that play stands out in the mind of college football fans more than others, Whitfield was also a big contributor in the passing game for the Noles during his career, and finished the 2016 season second on the team in receiving yards (798), touchdown receptions (6) and was third in catches with 57.
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston told PewterReport.com on Monday evening, Whitfield is a speed demon.
“(Kermit) can stretch the field on any NFL team,” Winston said. “Kermit came to FSU as one of the fastest men alive, maybe second to (his cousin) Marvin Bracy who left FSU for a track career, but was a major part of us winning the national championship with his 101-yard kickoff return.”
Kermit Whitfield – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
Whitfield was names second team All-ACC this season as a receiver by the media and coaches, and was clocked at 4.37 coming out of high school. While his size (5-8) could hurt his draft stock, his versatility to return kickoffs and punts, plus as a receiver, and sometime ball carrier, will intrigue a number of NFL teams, perhaps even the Bucs come this April.
What are some of the things you wants to show scouts this week?
“Show them I can block. Catch balls. Run routes. Coming in and out of my breaks. And kick returns. I am already good at catching kickoff returns, but showing those who haven’t seen me on punt returns yet. Just me fielding the ball. Getting some yards and possibly score.”
What have you heard, if anything from scouts or teams?
“I haven’t really heard anything yet. I am basically here to turn heads.”
What are some of the things you want to improve on before the draft?
“Basically processing information. Learning things from the guys teaching me what it is like to be in the NFL. Studying film. Stuff like that.”
Thoughts on if you were to be drafted by the Buccaneers and being reunited with Jameis Winston?
“That would be great. With me being in Tampa (training) he might be throwing to me while I am training. So we will get that timing.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes Jameis, get out there and throw some balls to Whitfield. When the Bucs get to work out prospects for the draft, does the CBA allow Jameis to throw to them? I wouldn’t think so. Lucky we have a young Q.B. who’s still very much connected to college players. I think Jameis will be around throwing somewhere, to some of these prospects. That, and his insight on some of these guys could be real helpfull.
Speed kills. Something missing from this team on offense and special teams. Be fun to see his time in the 40 at combine. If he is in low 4.3 time he won’t be there in 3rd round no matter his size.
Thisbguysbis one of the fastest to play the game. A pure speed slot receiver. I disagree with above and think he’ll be there in the 4th. I also can almost guarantee he runs a 4.2 40. Although we probably shouldnt be talking about him for fear of being called homers.
I’m picturing the scene in the Pewter Reports meeting room when Scott is handing out article assignments.
Scott- Okay we need an article on FSU wide out Kermit Whitfield.
Now picture Mark with his hand up, “me me me me “. Maybe he was doing the Tommyhawk chant at that point.
Just being a wise ass here, it’s really very good to have a knowledgable reporter who follows one of the great teams to get players from. Love ya man!!
Is this the guy to take to transform the return game and provide us with a burner?
Beats me, late round maybe.
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