2000: Hit .250 with two runs scored in first two games of Big Ten Tournament Scored a season-high four runs against UTPA in season opener Stole two bases against SIU Started the season going 3-for-4 in the first two games at UTPA Also had five runs scored and six RBI in those games Smacked his first triple of the season vs. Notre Dame during the Spring Trip Is 12-for-25 (.480) in the last seven games of the regular season, including eight runs and eight RBI, including a game winner over Indiana Collected a season-high four hits and five RBI against Saint Josephs Hit two doubles against Saint Josephs to set a personal season best Appeared in 47 games and started 38 in center field or as the designated hitter.
1999: Sophomore started the season as the centerfielder but was injured five games into the season and missed the Spring Trip Recovered in time for Michigan series but was unable to regain starting spot Appeared in 21 games and started five, hitting .300 Appeared in 10 Big Ten games but did not have an at bat in conference play Was 3-3 in stolen bases, including one as a pinch runner in Big Ten action Used extensively as a defensive replacement in left field during the Big Ten season Was 2-4 in first two games of season at Texas-San Antonio Hit .353 with 35 stolen bases and a .455 on-base percentage for the Waterloo Bucks of the Northwoods League over the summer Named a member of the Northwoods All-Star Team.
1998: Appeared in 20 games and started four First collegiate hit came against Western Illinois Was 3-5 against Western with four runs scored and two RBI Appeared in four of Illinois' five games at the regional.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned five letters at Jesuit: three in baseball and one in both football and basketball Drafted in the 24th round of the 1997 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins Established the Jesuit stolen base record during his senior year with 48 His .474 average put him second all-time in school history Smacked eight consecutive hits in the '97 state tournament while leading Jesuit to a second-place finish A Texas Christian Interscholastic League all-state selection.
PERSONAL: Born June 8, 1979 Parents are Creston and Arlinda Whitaker Majoring in speech communications with plans to go to law school Was named to the honor roll at Jesuit Father played pro football for the Rams and the Saints Lists his parents as the biggest influence on his career.