Coach Paul Johnson said in the spring that Whitley was suffering from headaches. At the ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., in July, Johnson was not sure about Whitley’s playing future. On Thursday, Johnson provided the answer, saying Whitley was going to be given a medical scholarship. He will not count against the team’s 85-scholarship limit.
Whitley arrived as a freshman in 2014 and played in one game, in 2015, as a redshirt freshman. Griffin tried to come back in the spring from his ACL injury after sitting out the 2015 season, but ultimately was held out.