January 10, 2012

Change easy for Whitehead



Changing positions is usually challenging

When you go from playing defensive line in a three-point stance to playing linebacker in a two-point stance, the transition can be even tougher.

MLK defensive end/outside linebacker Kenderius Whitehead has played his whole life as a defensive end with his hand on the ground, but in the Semper Fidelis All American Bowl in Phoenix on January 3, Whitehead had his first opportunity to show what he can do at linebacker.

As it turns out, he was a natural fit.

"That was my first time playing in space out there, and it was pretty comfortable," he said. "As a defensive lineman, I know how to read the offensive linemen's hands and who will pull and all that, so that helped me when I was standing up. I was just thinking, 'man, I can see everything.'"

Whitehead ended up with six total tackles in the game, but he didn't expect to rack up numbers.

He just wanted to learn.

"I went out there wanting to learn more about how to play linebacker," said Whitehead. "I knew I could rush the passer and stop the run, but I thought I would struggle with coverage. Once I learned the coverages, I was set."

Before the Semper Fidelis game, Whitehead told UGASports that he had received some tips from Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham on how to play outside linebacker, and those tips paid off.

"It was helpful and it made me feel comfortable," said Whitehead. "It really helped things click."

The Peach State pass rusher considered making his announcement at the game, but decided to wait and take his final official visit to Clemson on January 13.

After that official, he will be working on making a decision on Signing Day.

"I am going to decide on Signing Day," said Whitehead. "I don't know what time, but I'm going to do it at my school. It is down to Georgia, Clemson, and NC State, and I am just trying to figure out the best place to go."

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