As a junior (2005): An All-Big 12 honorable-mention selection by the league[apos]s head coaches … Won the Gale Sayers Award for Most Courageous Player at the team[apos]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[apos]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.