9 Donte Whitner

usa United States
Cleveland, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
2003, 2004

Major: Consumer Affairs (2004), Undeclared (2003)

Weight: 200 (2004), 185 (2003)

2004 Media Guide: Heads into fall camp ready to take over at strong safety for the departed All-American Will Allen … enrolled early at the beginning of the 2003 Winter Quarter in hopes of getting a jump on things and getting the opportunity to play as a true freshman … did just that, seeing action in all 13 games last season in a solid rookie year … picked off two passes … played nickel back and was the No. 2 strong safety behind Allen … physical player with good speed and a high level of intensity … outstanding athlete with a penchant for making big plays … biggest play of the year came in the Iowa game, when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give Ohio State some breathing room at 17-3 … credited with a game-high 11 tackles in the 2004 Spring Game.

2003: Logged 86 minutes of action across 13 games played … played a season-high 16 minutes against Michigan State and played at least 10 minutes in four other games, including Northwestern, Iowa, Indiana and Penn State … collected 15 solo stops and 22 total tackles, which led all reserve defensive backs … picked off his first collegiate interception late in the first half at Indiana and returned it 15 yards to set up an Ohio State touchdown … second pick came in the fourth quarter against Michigan State … had a fine showing in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Kansas State when he collected five tackles and broke up two passes … also had five tackles and a forced fumble against Michigan State and was awarded Ohio State’s Jack Tatum Hit of the Week Award by the coaching staff … had solid four-tackle effort at Michigan … broke up two other passes and forced a fumble.

High School: Considered one of the top defensive backs in the country … committed to Ohio State early and enrolled in school at the beginning of Winter Quarter (Jan. 6) so he could take part in winter conditioning and spring practice … moved to safety in the spring and is No. 2 on the depth chart … great athlete and real hitter … rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Midwest and the seventh-best in the nation by SuperPrep … rated as the third-best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com … SuperPrep All-American … played in the U.S. Army Bowl over Christmas break … credited with 87 tackles and had three interceptions as a junior … 60 tackles as a senior include 10 tackles-for-loss, three picks and four forced fumbles … scored 14 touchdowns as a junior and had nine TD receptions as a senior … 13 career interceptions … recruited by all the national powerhouses … also excels in the classroom … high school coach was Ted Ginn.

Personal: Parents are Deborah and Lindsey Robinson … has one sister, Dawawn … says playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is his favorite football memory to date … attended his first Ohio State football game in 2001 when the Buckeyes defeated Michigan, 26-20, in Ann Arbor … favorite pro sports team is the Philadelphia Eagles … one of his favorite OSU football traditions is singing Carmen Ohio after home games.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2003Ohio State13022157000001212201
2004Ohio State1066947224.0251.01100124100