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Height:​​  6000

Weight:  225 lbs.

DOB:  July 29, 1996

Hometown:  Atlanta, GA

Airport:  Atlanta, GA  (ATL)
​​ Career Highlights  
  • Versatile, athletic player who has played WLB/SS/FS and has been a core special teams player for 4 years
  • 47 Games Played
  • 2018 – All-ACC LB (Honorable Mention)
  • 2018 – AFCA/Allstate Good Works Team (1 of 11 FBS players)
  • 4-time ACC Honor Roll Selection
  • Syracuse Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each semester at SU
  • All-ACC Academic Team (2015)
  • Member, Syracuse Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

2018 (Senior): 
  • 100 Tackles, 5.5 TVL, 2 INTs, 1.5 QB Sacks
  • All-ACC Honors (LB)
  • Lead team in tackles vs. Clemson, Florida State and UConn

2017 (Junior): 
  • Began the year as a reserve linebacker before reprising his role at safety later in the season to add depth to the position
  • Core special teams player
  • Tied for the team lead with six special teams tackles
  • Served as special teams game captain at LSU (9/23)
  • ACC Honor Roll selection
  • Named to the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll both semesters.

2016 (Sophomore): 
  • Posted 35 tackles (20 solo), one interception, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery
  • SU’s top tackler with eight stops and a fumble recovery the next week against Louisville (9/9)
  • Tied his career high with nine tackles at Wake Forest (10/8)
  • ACC Honor Roll selection
  • Member of the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

2015 (Freshman):
  • Led all Orange true freshmen with 33 tackles (23 solo)
  • Finished with a career-high nine tackles, one pass breakup, and forced the first fumble of his career at Louisville (11/7)
  • All-ACC Academic Team selection
  • ACC Honor Roll
  • Member of the SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll

High School: Three-time Class 7A All-Region selection for head coach Doug Giacone … Recipient of the 2014 Touchdown Club of Gwinnett’s Kevin Maloof Award … Team captain as a junior and senior … Three-time Gwinnett County Player of the Month … Played in the 2014 Gwinnett County Senior All-Star Game … Made 210 tackles, including three for a loss, nine interceptions, and had 65 receptions for 1,013 yards (15.6 avg.) and eight touchdowns in his prep career … Participated in the 2013 AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl … Also played baseball.           

Personal: Kielan Christian Whitner … Born in July 1996 in Los Angeles, Calif. … Son of Keith and Lisa Whitner … Father, Keith, played professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization .. One sister ... Accounting major.
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Kielan Whitner in the News​​​​

FAITHFULLY - Kielan Whitner relies on religion throughout his circuitous path to starting role at Syracuse​​​​

Syracuse’s Whitner provides leadership on, off field​​​