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  Aaron Whittington
Aaron Whittington

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
St. Louis, MO

High School:
Hazelwood East

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Position:
LB

Birthdate:
08/15/1985

Experience:
4V

2007 -- This redshirt senior made nine tackles (six solos), including one for loss, and also deflected a pass in the season-opener at Stanford ... Against BYU, he made three solo tackles ... At Utah, he made five tackles off the bench (UCLA started six DBs), including one sack ... He sat out the Washington game due to the effects of a concussion ... He came off the bench at Oregon State and had one tackle assist ... He made two solo tackles off the bench against Notre Dame ... He had one assist off the bench versus California ... He started at Washington State and made a career-high 10 tackles, including one for loss ... At Arizona, he made one tackle while starting in the nickel package ... He started in the nickel against Arizona State and recorded four tackles (two solos) ... Against Oregon, he made three tackles (two solos), including a seven-yard sack ... He made one tackle assist off the bench versus USC ... He started and made two tackles in the Las Vegas Bowl and finished the year with 42 tackles.

2006 -- Played and started in 10 of UCLA's 13 games, missing three due to an ankle injury (Oregon State, Arizona State and Florida State) ... Credited with 29 total tackles, including four for loss ... Opened the season at strong side linebacker and made four tackles (two solos), including 2.0 for losses, versus Utah ... Made three tackles, including two solos, against Rice ... At Washington, he made two solo tackles ... Against Stanford, he led the squad with seven tackles (four solos) ... Against Arizona, he had four tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss ... Had five tackles (four assists) at Oregon ... At Notre Dame, he recovered a fumble on the first series but suffered a sprained right ankle and played sparingly the rest of the way ... Started against Washington State but only played part of the game due to his ankle sprain ... At California, he made four tackles (two solos), including 1.5 for losses ... Did not play versus Oregon State or Arizona State due to his ankle ... Started against USC but left in the first quarter due to the ankle injury ... Did not play in the Emerald Bowl.

2005 -- Whittington appeared in eight games, starting the first two ... Missed the final four games of the season with a deep thigh/quad bruise ... Started the season opener at San Diego State and made seven tackles (three solos) ... Made two tackles versus Rice, including one for a three-yard loss ... Came off the bench versus Oklahoma and had one assist ... Played versus Washington and California but was not credited with a tackle ... At Washington State, he played defense and special teams and made one stop ... Recorded one tackle versus Oregon State ... At Stanford, he totaled four solo tackles ... Did not play against Arizona, Arizona State, USC or Northwestern due to a thigh/quad contusion ... Saw action on the special teams unit for kickoff coverage.

2004 -- Appeared in eight of 12 games, starting twice, in his first season of action ... Totaled 18 tackles (eight solos) and was named to The Sporting News' All-Pac-10 Freshman team ... Credited with a tackle in his debut against Oklahoma State ... Made his first career start against Illinois and recorded a career-high eight tackles (four solos) and two quarterback hurries ... Started at Washington and made four solo tackles and forced one fumble before suffering a hip pointer in the second half ... Did not play against San Diego State ... Had one tackle off the bench versus Arizona and saw action against Cal and Arizona State ... Did not play on defense against Stanford or Washington State and made one tackle off the bench against Oregon and USC ... Made two tackles against Wyoming ... Played 45 snaps at Illinois ... Averaged 11 defensive snaps in the last three games (Oregon, USC and Wyoming).

2003 -- Did not see action in his first year in the program.

HIGH SCHOOL -- Played four years of football for coach Cory Johnson at Hazelwood East HS in St. Louis, MO ... SuperPrep All-Midlands (No. 38 prospect) ... All-Midlands selection (No. 15 prospect) by Tom Lemming ... PrepStar All-Region selection ... Three-star selection by rivals.com ... Rated No. 22 nationally among weakside defensive ends by rivals.com ... Earned first-team All-State acclaim ... TheInsiders.com two-star selection ... Ranked No. 117 nationally among LBs by The Insiders.com ... Credited with 105 tackles, including 13 sacks, and caused five fumbles ... A pre-season rivals/PrepStar magazine All-Midlands selection ... As a junior, he made 130 tackles, including a school record 15 quarterback sacks to earn first-team All-State honors ... Also played four seasons of basketball for coach Ron Bank ... Won the school academic award in 2002 and 2003 ... Recognized for his Outstanding Student Leadership ... Awarded School District Board of Education Kids on the Move! scholarship ... Winner of Hazelwood East High Most Valuable Spartan award ... Earned the Tom Lombardo award in 2002 and 2003.

PERSONAL -- Full Name: Aaron Alan Whittington ... Born: August 15, 1985 in St. Louis ... Parents: Allie and Odyster Whittington ... Has six brothers and sisters ... Brother, Benard, was with the Cincinnati Bengals and another brother, Darryl, played at Missouri and with the Philadelphia Eagles ... Admires Michael Jordan, because of his desire ... Hobbies include playing the piano, fishing and playing X Box ... Member of Future Business Leaders in America club at his high school ... Director's Honor Roll in Winter 2006 ... History major.

Varsity Statistics - A. Whittington
Tackles

Year

TT

T-AT

Sacks

TFL

INT

2004

18

8-10

0-0

0-0

0

2005

16

10-6

0-0

1.0-3

0

2006

29

14-15

0-0

4.0-10

0

Totals

63

32-31

0-0

5.0-13

0

Career Highs
Tackles: 8 at Illinois, 2004
Tackles for loss: 2 vs. Utah, 2006


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