King's Whitehead to Play Professional American Football in Germany

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MAY 22, 2018


WILKES-BARRE --  Former King's College quarterback Zach Whitehead (Hockessin, De./St. Marks) will take advantage of an unusual opportunity when he ventures to Germany today (Tuesday) to play professional football for the Regensburg Phoenix.

The past week has been a bit of a whirlwind for Whitehead, who graduated from King's on Sunday and was slated to leave for Germany at 4:30 PM today.  Whitehead was approached with the opportunity just days before graduating form King's.

Regensburg is 3-0 thus far this season and lost both of the team's quarterbacks to injury. Whitehead was contacted and agreed to terms and will suit up for Regensburg until the end of the season.  Whitehead will suit up for the team's next game on Sunday, May 27. Regensburg is coached by

Regensburg competes in the six-team Bayernliga Nord (Bavarian League North). He expects to return to the United States in September.

In his two years as a starter at King's, Whitehead re-wrote the Monarch record books. A two-time MAC honorable mention choice, Whitehead concluded his senior year by completing 222 passes in 393 attempts for 2,766 yards, averaging 276.6 passing yards per-game. He equaled his own school record of 19 touchdowns while throwing 16 interceptions, 12 coming over the final three games of the season while he played injured with a high ankle sprain. He also rushed for 363 yards on 178 carries and scored 13 touchdowns on the ground.

Whitehead set career school records of 503 completions in 866 attempts for 6,003 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also graduates with school records for pass completions in one game (40), pass attempts in one game (63) pass attempts in one season (404), passing yards in one game (423), and passing yards in one season (2,832). He also shares the King's record of four touchdown passes in one game. His passing yards per-game average of 283.2 yards in 2016 and 276.6 yards in 2017 are the top-two single-season totals in Monarch history.

Whitehead closed out his collegiate career on November 11 by earning King's most valuable player award after leading the Monarchs to a 40-26 win over city rival Wilkes in the annual Mayor's Cup Game. It was the second straight year Whitehead was named MVP of the Mayor's Cup Game.

"I want to say thank you to Kings for allowing me to grow as a person and player, and continue my football career," Whitehead stated. "Kings has opened many doors both professionally and personally for me that I am forever grateful for. I am extremely excited, blessed and honored to be able to continue my football career."

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