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All-ACC Second Team – WR (Media, Coaches)
All-ACC Third Team – SP (Coaches)
All-ACC Honorable Mention – SP (Media)


Finished the season ranked second on the team with 1,069all-purpose yards (395 receiving, 79 rushing, 595 on kick returns)…second on the team with 34 receptions for 395 yards, including a long of 28…grabbed one catch for 23 yards in the victory over No. 6 Michigan…had one receiving touchdown, a 20-yarder against No. 10 Miami that gave FSU the lead and was the first time Miami had trailed all season…had a rushing touchdown in the season opener against Ole Miss, a three-yard sweep…his 2,386 kick return yards are the fifth most in ACC history and fourth nationally among current Power 5 players…set a career high with 133 return yards against Louisville and had 128 the following week against USF, including a season-long of 53.


Appeared in all 13 games making five starts including his first career start in the season opener against Texas State…finished second on the team in receiving yards (798) and touchdown receptions (6) and third in catches with 57 – all-single-season career bests…averaged 61.4 receiving yards per game…recorded 14.0 yards per catch – second highest average on the team among receivers with at least 10 catches…was FSU’s top kickoff returner finishing the year with 507 yards on 19 returns good for an average of 26.7 yards per return…ranked second on the team in total all-purpose yards (1,334) and all-purpose yards per game (102.6)…garnered second team All-ACC honors as a wide receiver from both the media and coaches…earned third team All-ACC honors as a special teams player by the coaches and honorable mention accolades from the media…one of three Seminole receivers with at least 50 catches on the year – just the second time since 1990 that FSU has had at least three receivers register 50+ catches in a single-season…ranked fifth in the ACC in receiving yards, seventh in receiving yards per game, tied for eighth in touchdown receptions, eighth in receptions and all-purpose yards per game and ninth in receptions per game (4.4)…finished the year tied for the team lead with Travis Rudolph for the most 100+ receiving games at two…posted 172 receiving yards vs. Louisville and 117 yards vs. NC State…posted back-to-back two touchdown games (NC State and Chattanooga) and was the only receiver with multiple 2+ receiving TD games in 2015 – first receiver to perform the feat since Kelvin Benjamin in 2013 had three straight games with multiple touchdown catches…tallied career-high catches in two straight games with nine receptions against Miami and Louisville…recorded a career-high 172 yards receiving against the Cardinals including a 70-yard touchdown catch…wrapped up the season with four catches for 56 yards against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl…led the team in receptions five times including a string of three straight (Miami, Louisville and Georgia Tech)…led the team in receiving yards seven times (Boston College, Miami, Louisville, Georgia Tech, NC State, Chattanooga and Florida)…ranked among the league leaders in average yards per kickoff return (4th) and total kickoff return yards (7th)…finished 17th nationally in average kickoff return yards…tallied 50+ yd kick returns in three games: 59-Texas State; 56-USF; 57-Wake Forest…surpassed Michael Ray Garvin as FSU’s all-time kickoff return leader after registering 86 yards on four kickoff returns against Houston in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl…has tallied 1,791 career kickoff return yards on 68 attempts…his 26.3 yards per return sits as the highest average in school history among players with at least 30 returns…sits third all-time at FSU in kickoff returns…one of four Noles with two career kickoff returns for a touchdown (E. McMillan, T. Vanover, T.K, Wetherell)…recorded a season-best four kickoff returns three times (at Wake Forest, at Clemson and in Atlanta against Houston) including 111 return yards against the Deacs.


Wide receiver and kick returner who appeared in all 14 games…had 11 receptions for 145 yards and three carries for 40 yards…led FSU with 665 yards on 32 kick returns…his second-half performance at Miami – three catches for 60 yards – was essential to FSU’s 30-26 come-from-behind victory…had two grabs for 26 yards at NC State…opened the season with three receptions for 30 yards against Oklahoma State in the Cowboys Classic…rushed twice for 33 yards, including a 21-yard run, versus The Citadel…was on the Paul Hornung Watch List given to the nation’s most versatile player.


Dazzling freshman who was arguably the fastest player in the nation with the ball in his hands…led the nation in kick return average (36.4), breaking a 59-year-old ACC record in the process…mark also set FSU record and ranks as the seventh-best single season average in college football history…led nation by over six yards over second-ranked Ty Montgomery of Stanford (30.41)…returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the BCS National Championship Game, racing down the sideline to score with 6:24 remaining in the contest to give Florida State its first lead – 27-24 – since the first quarter…also had a 97-yard kickoff return score at Wake Forest in which he powered through a face-mask from a Demon Deacon defender…his return touchdown against Wake Forest was the first FSU kickoff return for a score since 2008…named ACC Specialist of the Week following the Wake Forest performance…six of his 17 returns went for at least 40 yards…totaled 818 all-purpose yards on 25 touches for an incredible 32.8 yards per touch average…nine of his 25 touches went for 40+ yards…his first ever rushing carry was a 31-yard touchdown against NC State…his second career carry was a 74-yard score versus Syracuse…had three carries for 110 yards (36.7 ypc) and two touchdowns…tallied five receptions for 89 yards…caught one pass for 42 yards against Bethune-Cookman…returned a kickoff 44 yards versus Duke in the ACC Championship Game…had a 58-yard kickoff return against Idaho and a 43-yard return at then-No. 3 Clemson…added a 41-yard return against Bethune-Cookman.


One of the fastest high school players in the nation in the 2013 class, Whitfield was clocked at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, which was the fastest recorded among athletes in the ESPN database that year…explosive player on the edge who easily separates from defenders…also excelled as a return specialist at Orlando Jones…caught 38 passes for 520 yards and four touchdowns as a senior, helping Jones reach the second round of the 4A state football playoffs in 2012…held a four-star ranking from ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports and a three-star mark from Scout and PrepStar…he is the cousin of former FSU WR Marvin Bracy, who also ran track for the Noles…Whitfield was the Florida 3A state champion in the 100 and 200 and has a personal-best 100 time of 10.21…he also won the adidas Dream 100 race in New York in 2012 against the nation’s top high school sprinters…committed to FSU in August 2012 and stayed firm, despite offers from Florida, Clemson, Miami, Ohio State, Texas A&M, South Carolina and West Virginia…born October 8, 1993…majoring in social science.