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 Joseph?s ? Hit two doubles against Saint Joseph?s 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.