Austin Whipple has been around the game of football his entire life. Another young Nittany Lion whose father is a football coach, Whipple enrolled at the University in January 2013 and immediately immersed himself in the winter conditioning program. He made good progress during spring practice and will be among five quarterbacks expected to compete for playing time this season. Whipple is an accomplished athlete with a strong arm, work-ethic and leadership skills. In 2012, he helped Salisbury (Conn.) School to the New England Prep School title. His father, Mark, has extensive college and pro coaching experience and was the head coach at Brown in 1994 when Bill O'Brien was in the second year of his coaching career.
Whipple was instrumental in leading Salisbury (Conn.) School to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class A championship in 2012. He threw for 1,215 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for over 130 yards and six scores to help the Crimson Knights to a 9-0 record. Whipple was an All-Erickson League All-Star selection. Among Salisbury's victories was a 27-21 win over Worcester Academy, which was led by fellow Nittany Lion freshman quarterback D.J. Crook. Whipple threw for 190 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 32 yards and another score in the win.
Whipple played his senior season under Coach Clair Altemus at Pine-Richland High School in suburban Pittsburgh. He threw for 1,526 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2011 season and was a team captain. He played at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in South Florida in 2009 and 2010 when his father was the offensive coordinator at the University of Miami.
Full name is Austin Whipple. He is the son of Mark and Brenda Whipple, and has one older brother, Spencer. His brother played quarterback at the University of Miami. His father has been in coaching since 1980 at the college and professional levels, winning Super Bowl XL as the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterbacks coach. In 1994, Mark Whipple was named head coach at Brown University, where he selected Bill O'Brien as the inside linebackers coach. Born November 19, 1993 in New Haven, Conn.