Data Scout Notes: 2013: 2ndC/HMM...(+) Coming off 12-02-13 Knee Surgery...P3rdC/PNagurski...2012: NA...2011: NA
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12/11/13 - 2013 ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB - Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State...Whitley made two of the biggest defensive plays for the Bulldogs all season with a pair of forced fumbles. He halted a potential game-winning drive by Arkansas and ended the Egg Bowl by jarring the ball away from Bo Wallace. He was tabbed the Dec. 2 Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his Egg Bowl heroics. A native of Jackson, Miss., Whitley is the FBS active leader in career interceptions with 15 and owns 229 career tackles. - Mississippi State football
12/10/13 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC HONORABLE MENTION: Nickoe Whitley, S, Mississippi St., 6-1, 205, Sr.,...Whitley made two of the biggest defensive plays for the Bulldogs all season with a pair of forced fumbles. He halted a potential game-winning drive by Arkansas and ended the Egg Bowl by jarring the ball away from Bo Wallace. He was tabbed the Dec. 2 Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Week following his Egg Bowl heroics. A native of Jackson, Miss., Whitley is the FBS active leader in career interceptions with 15 and owns 229 career tackles.
He also excelled against then No. 1 Alabama with two touchdowns-saving tackles, chasing down T.J. Yeldon at the MSU 28-yard line during the Crimson Tide’s final drive of the opening half and breaking up a pass in the end zone on the Crimson Tide’s first play of the fourth quarter. - Mississippi State football
12/04/13 - The final play of Nickoe Whitley’s career at Mississippi State may have been his best. He forced the game-securing fumble out of the hands of Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace in overtime to preserve MSU’s 17-10 overtime Egg Bowl victory last week. It sent the Bulldogs to a a school record fourth straight bowl. But it’s one he won’t play in. The senior safety had surgery Monday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, MSU coach Dan Mullen told Head to Head radio. “He had ACL surgery (Monday),” Mullen said. “About Week 3 of the season, the doctors came and said, ‘Hey, he’s going to have to have knee surgery.’”
Instead of having surgery earlier so he’d be healthier for the NFL combine, Whitley opted to postpone the procedure to help Mississippi State. “He said, ‘I’m not giving up on the team. I’m going to play it out, and I’ll (have surgery) after the last regular-season game,’” Mullen said. Whitley will miss the second bowl of his career. The Provine product also missed the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest in 2011 because of injury. - Michael Bonner, The Jackson Clarion Ledger
12/02/13 - WEEK 14 SEC CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nickoe Whitley, S, Mississippi State...For the second-straight week, Whitley had what proved to be the game-winning forced fumble...Against Ole Miss in overtime, he forced a fumbled on the Rebels' first possession at the 2-yard line that lifted the Bulldogs to a 17-10 win en route to becoming bowl eligible...He finished the game with 5 tackles, an interception and a quarterback hurry. - SEC football
10/28/13 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: WEEK 9 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: FS Nickoe Whitley, Mississippi State...For a team that is expected to finish in the bottom third of the SEC, Mississippi State has a half dozen senior prospects with draftable grades, including Whitley. He leads the Bulldogs in interceptions (three), but his performance against Kentucky last Thursday wasn't a positive showing for scouts. In the second quarter, Whitley attracted two personal foul penalties within a four play span that resulted in a lot of yardage for the Wildcats and an ejection for the senior safety.
The first personal foul was a weak call as Whitley got into a PG-rated shoving match with a Kentucky receiver. But the second personal foul a few plays later warranted his disqualification as he was caught throwing punches at the bottom of a pile-up. As he left the field, Whitley got into a one-sided shouting match with head coach Dan Mullen, who made sure to share his disappointment with his senior safety. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com