One of the top running backs in I-AA football...Has a dangerous combination of speed and elusiveness...Complete football player, who also excels at blocking and receiving...Unselfish, team-oriented player...Instinctive...Passionate about football.
2006: Rushed for over 1,000 yards (1,593) for the second-straight season...ranks second in the Gateway and fourth in the nation in rushing (140.09 ypg)...ranks second in the Gateway and fifth in the nation in scoring (11.45 ppg)...ranks first in the Gateway and 23rd in the nation in kickoff returns (23.36 yds per return)...rushed for over 100 yards in nine of 11 games, including his first six of the 2006 season...ranks first in the Gateway and second in the nation in all-purpose yardage (175.55 ypg)...in conference games alone, he ranks third in rushing (143.9 ypg), second in all-purpose yards (176.1 ypg), second in scoring (TDs) (12.9 ppg) and second in scoring (12.9 ppg)...scored 21 rushing touchdowns and 126 points...recently broke SIU's all-time career record in all-purpose yardage and all-time single-season mark in rushing TDs when he ran for 170 yards and three TDs against Southern Utah on Nov. 18...rushed for a career-high 218 yards against Youngstown State (Nov. 4), one of two 200-plus yard games this season...had a career-high four rushing TDs and 40 attempts against Northern Iowa on Nov. 11...scored at least three rushing touchdowns in five games this year -- 3, vs. Indiana State (Sept. 30); 3, vs. Western Illinois (Oct. 7); 3, at Youngstown State (Nov. 4); 4, vs. Northern Iowa (Nov. 11); 3 vs. Southern Utah (Nov. 18)...named Gateway Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week on two occasions (Oct. 9, Nov. 19)...earned I-AA.org All-Star-of-the-Week honors on Oct. 9...one of 16 Payton Award candidates remaining. Updated Nov. 22, 2006
2005: Named First-Team All-American by numerous organizations...First-team all-conference...His 1,454 yards were the third-most in a season by a Saluki player...Rushed for a career-high 207 yards against Western Kentucky and was named Gateway player-of-the-week.
2004: Named second-team all-conference...Named to the Gateway's all-newcomer squad...Second on the team in rushing yards (959) and average (6.4).
Prior to SIU: Carried the ball 188 times for 1,383 yards (6.1 ave.) and 17 touchdowns at Coffeyville Community College...Named honorable mention All-Kansas Junior College Conference.Redshirted in 2002.
High School: Did not play RB until his senior year...Ahead of him on the depth chart was Chris Hope, an NFL safety (Pittsburgh and Tennessee)...Led the team in tackles as a MLB his junior year...Two-time all-region and all-conference selection.
Worth Knowing: Born May 10, 1984...Son of Lawrence and Beverly Whitlock...Majoring in speech communication.