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Jonathan Wilhite

Wilhite during an August 28, 2009 preseason game against the Washington Redskins.
No. 24     New England Patriots
Personal information
Date of birth: February 23, 1984 (1984-02-23) (age 26)
Place of birth: Monroe, Louisiana
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College: Auburn
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 4 / Pick: 129
Debuted in 2008 for the New England Patriots
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2009
Tackles     73
Sacks     0.0
Inteceptions     3
Forced fumbles     0
Pass deflections     7
Stats at

Jonathan Wilhite (born February 23, 1984 in Monroe, Louisiana) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at Auburn.


Early years

Wilhite attended Ouachita High School in Monroe, Louisiana, where he played football as a running back and receiver. He was named to the All-Northeast Louisiana team and was a second team All-District selection.

College career


Butler County CC


In 2004, Wilhite attended Butler County Community College and posted 44 tackles, seven pass deflections and five interceptions.[1] He earned Earned National Junior College All-American team and All-Conference first-team and he was rated as the best Junior college cornerback in the country.[1] Wilhite was also named first team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference.[1]



As a sophomore in 2005, Wilhite played in 12 games and started the last seven games.[2] He was second on the team with seven pass deflections, five of which came in the last seven games of the season.[2] Wilhite also had 47 tackles which made him fifth on Auburn's defense.[2] Against Alabama he had five tackles and two pass deflections, against Georgia he had three tackles and a pass deflection.[2] In the Capital One Bowl against Wisconsin he had five tackles.[2] His best performance of the year came against Kentucky where had seven tackles and one interception and was named SEC Defensive players of the week.[2]


In 2006, as a junior he started in 10 games and had 24 tackles.[2] Against Alabama he had six tackles and then three against Georgia.[2] Wilhite had two tackles against Arkansas State and three against Ole Miss.[2] In the Cotton Bowl, he didn't play after he suffered an injury against LSU.[2]


As a senior in 2007, Wilhite started in six games, two at cornerback and four at nickel back.[1] Wilhite had 30 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery along with two interceptions and two pass deflections.[1] During his college years, Wilhite became the team jokester often impersonating coaches and teammates with dead on accuracy.[3] Auburn's Director of High School and NFL relations said of Wilhite impersonations,[3]

He’s very funny, and that keeps everybody loose. He could be a stand-up comedian. He can imitate everybody, including all the coaches on our staff. Most of them have heard his impressions of them, and they love it".

Professional career

New England Patriots

Wilhite was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round (129th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft.[1] On July 17 he signed a contract with New England.[4] He made his NFL debut on September 7, against Kansas City and had a season high six tackles against St. Louis on October 26.[1] His first career interception came off of JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders on December 14.[1] After spending most of the season behind cornerback Deltha O'Neal, Wilhite replaced O'Neal as a starter for the final four weeks of the 2008 season.

Wilhite played in 14 games for the Patriots in 2009, starting eight. He recorded two interceptions, 45 tackles, and five passes defensed.

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