Jermaine Whitehead makes a ‘statement’ with pick-six

Jermaine Whitehead makes a ‘statement’ with pick-six

first_imgAUBURN – Jermaine Whitehead’s goal was to have more interceptions during his senior season.He got off to the right start on Saturday, with a 33-yard interception return for touchdown in No. 6 Auburn’s 45-21 win over Arkansas before a sold out crowd of 87,451 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on SaturdayIt was the second career pick-six for Whitehead, who had a team-high seven tackles as well.“The rewards come with hard work,” Whitehead said. “I feel like I’ve been out there a lot. It’s time for me to make as statement this year.”Robenson Therezie drilled Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen, sending the ball fluttering right to Whitehead, who returned it for a score to give Auburn a 35-21 lead with 2:39 to go in the third quarter.Whitehead, a senior, made his 27th straight start for the Tigers. He is coming off a junior season in which he had 65 tackles and was more about consistency than “sexy stats” as defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson put it.A native of Greenwood, Mississippi, Whitehead had two interceptions in 2013, and one in 2011, which he returned 25 yards for a touchdown against Florida Atlantic.“I like all the picks I had in my career,” Whitehead said. “Hopefully I’m going to get a lot more.”last_img

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