On Whipple: Third-year quarterback, who will serve as a back-up signal caller ... Son of former UMass head coach Mark Whipple, transferred from University of Pittsburgh prior to start of 2008 season ... Spent much of his youth in New England as father coached at UMass from 1998 to 2003, leading Minutemen to NCAA title in his first year in Amherst, Brown and New Haven... Left-hander with a strong arm and build ... Great mind for the game being a coach's son ... Very intelligent.
In 2009: Transferred to Miami (Fla.) to play under his dad, Offensive Coordinator Mark Whipple.
As a redshirt freshman in 2008: Played in one game, against Bryant (10/25) and completed a 16-yard pass, on only attempt, to Emil Igwenagu.
As a freshman in 2007 (at Pittsburgh): Redshirt season at Pittsburgh under Coach Dave Wannstadt.
Before College: Starting quarterback at Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia, Pa. as a senior in 2006 ... Began prep career at South Hadley High School in Massachusetts before transferring when his father was hired by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2004 ... Played as a freshman at South Hadley in 2003.
Personal: Spencer Whipple ... Born March 18, 1989 in New Haven, Conn. ... Son of Mark and Brenda Whipple ... Brother of Austin ... Father is the former head coach at UMass (1998-2003) and current quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles ... Dad also coached quarterbacks with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as they won the Super Bowl in 2006 ... Majoring in Communications.
Career Statistics (Passing)
Year GP/GS Att. Cmp. Yards Pct. TD Int Lg. 2008 1/0 1 1 16 100.0 0 0 16