Wide receiver who returns for his final campaign with the Gamecocks... looks to be back at full strength after being hampered for much of the 2005 season with foot and ankle injuries which limited his production... also could figure as a kick returner... named the Most Improved Wide Receiver at the conclusion of spring drills... has made six career starts.
2005: Limited production due to injuries... came back after suffering a serious ankle injury in the 2005 Spring Game that required surgery and six weeks of immobilization... played in all 12 games, starting two - the Georgia and Kentucky games... caught seven passes for 131 yards, an average of 18.7 yards per catch, with one touchdown... made his presence felt in the season opener against UCF, catching three passes for 76 yards, including a 49-yard strike that opened the scoring... did not have another game with more than one catch and had no catches in the final five contests... also worked as a kick returner, with four returns for 85 yards, a 21.2 yard average, including a long of 34 yards... recognized with the Joe Morrison Award as the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Spring.
2004: Team's third leading receiver with 20 catches for 290 yards (14.5 per catch average)... saw action in 10 games... was in the starting lineup four times - vs. Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Clemson... had big games vs. Ole Miss (4-89) and Tennessee (6-32)... had a season-long 45-yard reception vs. South Florida... also had three catches for 43 yards in the win over Arkansas... team's leading punt returner with 18 returns for 144 yards (8.0 average)... had a long punt return of 43 yards vs. Vanderbilt.
2003: As a true freshman, he took the opportunity to showcase his talents on several occasions... played in the last nine games of the season... had five receptions for 97 yards and two touchdowns... caught both of his touchdown passes vs. Ole Miss, with one of them being a 20-yard grab of a Dondrial Pinkins' pass in the corner of the end zone that was one for the highlight tape... in that game against the Rebels, he caught three balls for 89 yards... played in three games in seven days, as he saw action against Vanderbilt on 10/25, had eight catches for a game-high 175 yards and two touchdowns in a junior varsity game against Georgia Military College on 10/26 and then turned in his stellar performance vs. Ole Miss on 11/1... also saw spot duty as a punt returner.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Greenville (S.C.) High School in 2003... coached by Larry Frost... named the South Carolina High School Sports Report Class AAA Player of the Year and earned a spot on its all-state team after leading the state in receiving with 86 catches for 1,793 yards and 20 touchdown... also named third-team All-South by Fox Sports Net... as a junior, had 69 receptions for 1,393 yards and 15 touchdowns... rated the #5 prospect in the state by Rivals.com and the #71 prospect in the country by insiders.com.
PERSONAL: Noah E. Whiteside was born Oct. 27, 1984... major is African-American studies.