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Kerrith "Papa" Whyte, Jr.

RS Sophomore

Loxahatchee, Fla.

High School:
Seminole Ridge

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 200



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Redshirt Sophomore (2017)

  • Second team honoree by Athlon Sports & Life as a kick returner
  • College Sports Madness Preseason Second Team All-Conference
  • Led all backs with six carries and 36 yards versus Navy. Added three kick returns for another 24 yards
  • Carried the ball twice for a total of 14 yards and added two kickoff returns for a total of 35 yaards at Wisconsin
  • Tied for the team lead with 13 carries and tallied 48 yards on the night versus Bethune and added one catch for eight yards
  • Tallied five carries for a total of 72 yards and a score against Buffalo for an average of 14.4 yards per carry and added two kick returns for a total of 38 yards, including a 21 yard return
  • Saw action in the MT victory with three carries for eight yards
  • Had two carries for no gain versus ODU, but had two kick returns for a total of 52 yards, his longest was a 34 yarder
  • Ran the ball just twice versus North Texas but one was a break away 82 yards and a score and he added a 26 yard kick return
  • Served as the team's kick returner versus WKU with four returns for 89 yards, his longest was a 27 yarder
  • Had one carry for minus one yard versus Marshall, but had two kick returns for a total of 48 yards
  • Made history with the program's first kick return, the first in 202 games and 814 kick kick returns with his 98 yard second half return at La Tech...on the day he had two returns for 128 yards and he added two carries for a total of nine yards
  • Earned C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honors with his La Tech performance
  • Had an all-purpose performance in Shula Bowl 2017 with a two yard carry, two receptions for a total of nine yards and two kick returns for a total of 63 yards
  • Carried the ball nine times for 31 yards and tallied two kick returns for 36 yards versus Charlotte
  • Tallied seven yards on four carries and added two receptions for a total of 19 yards in the 2017 C-USA Championship victory north Texas. Had the opportunity to return one kick for 29 yards
  • Carried the ball five times totaling 35 yards and had one catch for 10 yards
  • Named Honorable Mention C-USA as a kick returner
  • Named to Phil Steele's Magazine's Third Team All-Conference team as a kick returner

Redshirt Freshman (2016)

  • Saw action in the season opener versus Southern Illinois
  • Tallied 11 carries for a total of 20 yards and had no negative yards
  • Added two receptions in the SIU game for a total of 11 yards
  • Recorded his first career kick return for 25 yards
  • Tallied four carries for a total three yards versus UM
  • Recorded a total of five kick return yards for 149 yards, the longest a 38-yarder at UM
  • Totaled a team high 156 all-purpse yards, including one reception for four yards
  • Led the Owls versus Kansas State in both rushing yards and all-purpose yards
  • Recorded 10 carries in the K-State game with 54 net yards, and no carry with negative yards added four kick returns for a total of 87 yards
  • Continued to rack up the all-purpose yards with five carries for 18 yards, a four-yard reception and four kick returns totaling 97 yards versus Ball State
  • Had three kick returns for a total of 84 yards, his longest was a 29-yard return, versus FIU
  • Carried the ball eight times for 35 net yards, added a two-yard reception and thee kick returns for a total of 81 yards versus Charlotte
  • Recorded two carries for a net gain of no yards and had one kick return for 11 yards versus Marshall
  • Versus WKU, he recorded an 11-yard carry as well as six kick returns for a total of 121 yards
  • Recorded three kick returns for a total of 73 yards at Rice, his longest was a 30-yarder
  • Returned three kick returns for a total of 89 yards, his longest was for 34 yards. More importantly, each returned kick saw the Owls score during the following drive and ODU changed its style of kickoffs
  • Rushed for four yards on two carries and added six kick returns for a total of 185 versus MT
  • Earned a spot on the C-USA All-Freshman team and the Honorable Mention team as a kick returner
  • Finished his freshman campaign No. 8 Nationally in Combined Kick Returns (1,002 yards) and No. 19 in Kickoff Returns (25.7

True Freshman (2015)

  • Used the year as a redshirt season

High School

  • Played for Scott Barnwell at Seminole Ridge High School which finished the 2014 campaign with a 5-5 mark
  • Carried the ball 174 times as a senior for 1,303 yards and 28 touchdowns...added 485 receiving yards
  • Earned first team all-conference, second team all-county and third team all-state
  • Played in the Florida versus Georgia All-Star Game
  • Two-star back by 247 Sports


  • Exercise Science and Health Promotions major
  • Son of Kerrith and Marsha Whyte
  • Born Oct. 31, 1996 in West Palm Beach, Fla


Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: SIU (R: 11-20 yards; Rec: 2-11 yards; KR: 1-25 yards); UM (R: 4-3 yards; Rec: 1-4 yards; KR: 5-149 yards); K-State (R: 10-54 yards; KR: 4-87 yards); Ball State (R: 5-18 yards, 1 TD; Rec: 1-4 yards, KR: 4-97 yards); FIU (KR: 3-84 yards); Charlotte (R: 8-35 yards, Rec: 1-2 yards, KR: 3-81); Marshall (R: 3-0 yards, KR: 1-11 yards); WKU (R: 1-11 yards, KR: 6-121 yards); Rice (KR: 3-73 yards); ODU (KR: 3-89 yards); MT (R: 2-4 yards, KR: 6-185 yards)
2017: Navy (R: 6-36, KR: 3-24), Wisconsin (R: 2-14, KR: 2-35), Bethune (R: 13-48, Rec: (1-8); Buffalo (R: 5-72, 1 TD, KR: 2-38); MT (R: 3-8); ODU (R: 2-0, KR: 2-52); NT (R: 2-86, 1 TD; KR: 1-26); Marshall (R: 1- -1, KR: 2-48); La Tech (R: 2-9, KR: 2-128 1 TD); FIU (R: 1-2 yards, Rec: 2-9 yards, KR: 2-63 yards); Charlotte (R: 9-31, KR: 2-36); NT (R: 4-7, Rec: 2-19, KR: 1-29)

Career Highs
Rushing Attempts: 11 SIU (9/3/16)
Rushing Yards: 86 North Texas (10/21/17)
TDs: 1 Ball State (9/24/16), Buffalo (9/23/17), North Texas (10/21/17)
Receptions: 2 SIU (9/3/16), FIU (11/18/17)
Receiving Yards: 11 SIU (9/3/16)
Receiving TDs:
Kick Returns:
6 WKU (10/29/16), MT (11/26/16)
Kick Return Yards:
185 Middle Tennessee (11/26/16) 
Kick Return TDs: 1 La Tech (11/11/17)

2016 Season Highs
Rushing Attempts: 11 SIU (9/3/16)
Rushing Yards: 54 K-State (9/17/16)
TDs:  1 Ball State (9/24/16)
Receptions: 2 SIU (9/3/16)
Receiving Yards: 11 SIU (9/3/16)
Receiving TDs:
Kick Returns:
6 WKU (10/29/16), MT (11/26/16)
Kick Return Yards:
185 MT (11/26/16)

2017 Season Highs
Rushing Attempts: 13 Bethune (9/16/17)
Rushing Yards: 86 North Texas (10/21/17)
TDs: 1 Buffalow (9/23/17), North Texas (10/21/17)
Receptions: 2 FIU (11/18/17)
Receiving Yards: 9 FIU (11/18/17)
Receiving TDs:
Kick Returns:
3 Navy (9/1/17)
Kick Return Yards:
128 La Tech (11/11/17)

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