February 18, 2021

Riders Sign Receiver, Return Specialist Kermit Whitfield 


The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American wide receiver and return specialist Kermit Whitfield. 

Whitfield (5’8-195) joins the Roughriders after a period in the XFL and three years on the Cincinnati Bengals practice roster.  

Whitfield went pro after four collegiate seasons at Florida State. The 27-year-old played 52 games as a Seminole for a total of 1,427 yards receiving and seven touchdowns while adding another 258 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. A premier kick returner, Whitfield returned 94 kick-offs for 2,386 career return yards and three touchdowns and an average of 25.4 yards per return.  

As a freshman in 2013, he led the entire NCAA with an average of 36.4 yards per kickoff return, breaking the Atlantic Coast Conference record. It was also the seventh best average in NCAA major college history. He won the BCS National Championship with the Seminoles in 2014 after returning a kick-off 100 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. As a junior he was named All-ACC Second Team as a wide receiver and All-ACC Third Team and Honourable Mention as a specialist. 

Noted for his speed, Whitfield was considered one of the fastest players coming out of high school in 2013 after being clocked at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash.