|City/State:||Los Angeles, Calif.|
|High School:||Crenshaw HS|
PERSONAL — Born Terrence Harrell Whitehead on May 31, 1983 in Gardena, Calif. Parents: Harlin and Vanessa Whitehead. Family: Two brothers, three sisters. High School: Crenshaw ‘01. Major: Sociology.
HIGH SCHOOL — Possesses the talent to play any number of positions on either side of the football, as evidenced by his 700 yards and seven touchdowns rushing, 600 yards and seven touchdowns receiving and 110 tackles from his final prep season in 2000. Considered among the top 100 prep recruits in the country three years ago as well as one of the best five safeties in the nation by Student Sports. The two-time all-city and all-area pick attracted seven of 10 votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram's Best in the West ledger and was a first-team all-state nominee as a multi-purpose candidate by Cal-Hi Sports.
OREGON — Few 1,000-yard rushers have accomplished so much with such little fanfare as the two-year starter who could garner no more than ‘04 honorable mention all-conference acclaim despite ranking second in the Pac-10 in rushing (20th nationally) and fourth in average yards per carry. Originally recruited to play defense, his career totals place him eighth on Oregon’s all-time rushing chart (1,143 yards shy of school record) and 10th in all-purpose yardage (3,166). One of program’s best all-around backs over the past three decades. Compensates for a lack of great speed with an uncanny awareness of the field and great vision to complement an unmatched toughness and durability. Also possesses a competitive demeanor that drives him to succeed, and prides himself as a great receiver and blocker that is paramount in Oregon’s offense. Has made the greatest improvement in his quickness as well as his ability to break tackles to gain the extra yard. Has excelled as a player capable of picking up three to four yards per carry while thrown for a loss only 38 of the 255 times he has run with the football. The 23-game starter (13 consecutively) has been at his best against Stanford, accumulating 435 yards rushing vs. the Cardinal for three of his eight 100-yard efforts. Begins final year 13th on list of active NCAA Division I rushers (2nd in Pac-10) and only 251 receiving yards shy of becoming third player in school history to amass 1,000 career yards rushing and receiving (joining Bobby Moore and Sean Burwell). Also has accumulated career averages of 23.4 yards on nine kickoff returns (211 yards) and 6.6 yards returning eight punts (53 yards).
2004 — Oregon’s 10th different player to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau averaged more yards per carry (5.7) than all but five players over the past four decades. Voted by teammates as squad’s Most Outstanding Player, Whitehead ranked sixth on school’s single-season rushing chart and fifth in all-purpose yardage (1,602 yards). Latter tally ranked fourth in the Pac-10 (145.6 avg.) and 19th in the country. Surpassed 100-yards on the ground in six contests, including season-best 166 yards at Washington State, in addition to tallying a career-high 237 all-purpose yards against the Cougars. Also fell only eight receiving yards shy against Stanford from joining Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad) as Oregon’s only player ever to accumulate 100 yards rushing (131) and receiving (92) in the same game. Garnered more receptions (44) than any other running back in the conference (and most at Oregon in nine years), including a career single-game high eight catches vs. the Cardinal. In fact, only Ricky Whittle (1995) caught more passes in one year (55) while operating out of the backfield than Whitehead in school history. (Bobby Moore caught 54 receptions in 1969 while operating as a slotback.) Became program’s first player in two seasons to run for three touchdowns in one game (vs. Arizona) as he shared the team-lead with eight TDs on the year. Awarded Chevrolet Player-of-the-Game honors for play against UCLA, running for 124 yards vs. the Bruins.
2003 — Began the season as part of a four-tailback committee, rotating in and out of games before establishing himself as a the unquestioned starter in eight of the final nine outings. Proceeded to earn starts in nine appearances and became team’s only player to rush for 100 yards in a game when he ran for a career-high 172 yards and two touchdowns vs. Stanford. Capped the regular season with a 24-carry, 77-yard performance in the Civil War and followed with six carries for 35 yards in the Sun Bowl. The Pac-10’s sixth-leading rusher led the Ducks with 76 yards off the bench vs. No. 3 Michigan, including a 19-yard score. Also notched Oregon’s winning touchdown vs. California despite being held to 28 yards rushing. The Ducks’ lone tailback to post a multiple touchdown game (vs. Stanford) also nabbed six receptions at UCLA and accumulated 61 receiving yards at Mississippi State. Appeared to become stronger and more comfortable runner as the season wore on, rushing for 476 yards and three touchdowns in Oregon’s final seven games, including a season-long 44-yard dash vs. the Cardinal.
2002 — Assumed back-up duties behind one the best tailbacks in the nation, but when he did come off the bench, was impressive and consistently made plays. Started in three contests — Stanford, Washington and Oregon State — after injuries sidelined Onterrio Smith. Didn’t disappoint as he rushed for 132 yards and one touchdown vs. Stanford, the second-best outing ever by a true freshman at Oregon. Came off the bench and scored a 37-yard touchdown on his first carry vs. UCLA. Was team’s second-leading rusher despite carrying the ball in just eight games. Also caught 10 passes for 91 yards, including a touchdown pass at Arizona. Team’s offensive player of the game for Stanford performance. Also returned kicks vs. Arizona State of 22, 25 and 31 yards.