Whittaker named CFPA Division I FBS National Kickoff Returner of the Week
Oct. 10, 2011
Texas Longhorns senior RB Foswhitt Whittaker has been selected as the College Football Performance Awards Division I FBS National Kickoff Returner of the Week for week six, the CFPA announced on Sunday.
In the Longhorns game against Oklahoma on Saturday, Whittaker returned a second quarter kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Whittaker's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown matched the longest return for a touchdown in school history. Johnny "Lam" Jones also had a 100-yard kickoff return for a score against SMU in 1978. It is the 15th kickoff return for a score in school history and eighth during the Mack Brown era. The last came in 2009 when Marquise Goodwin took one back 95 yards against Texas A&M. It is the second time a Texas player has returned a kickoff for a touchdown against Oklahoma, the other a 96-yard return by Jordan Shipley in 2008.
Whittaker went over 1,000 career rushing yards in the first quarter, becoming the 46th player in school history to reach the mark. He now has 1,031 career rushing yards. He passed Graylon Wyatt (1,008 - 1974-75, 77) and Ray Bornerman (1,005 - 1948-49) on the school's career list to move into 44th place. Whittaker notched his first career game with 100 or more all-purpose yards (158). His previous best was 94 yards in last season's finale against Texas A&M. Whittaker has now scored 12 career touchdowns, including 10 rushing, one receiving and one a kickoff return.