As a junior (2005): An All-Big 12 honorable-mention selection by the league's head coaches ... Won the Gale Sayers Award for Most Courageous Player at the team's end of the year awards banquet ... Started all 12 games of the season on the offensive line.
As a sophomore (2004): Played in and started all 11 of the team's games at left guard ... Recorded 68 knockdown blocks.
As a redshirt freshman (2003): Redshirt freshman who started all 13 games on the offensive line for the Jayhawks ... Named a freshman All-American by The Sporting News ... Helped KU quarterbacks set school records in passing touchdowns (25) and pass completions (255).
As a freshman (2002): Redshirted.
High School: Earned all-state and all-conference honors his senior season ... Helped his team to a conference championship as a junior and senior ... A two-year letter winner in football for coach Chris Haering ... Ranked as the No. 17 player in the state by SuperPrep Magazine ... An all-region selection in Prep Star Magazine ... Ranked No. 69 among prep offensive tackles by Rivals 100.
Personal: Parents are Robert and Donna Whitaker ... An American studies major.