Whittaker still recovering from knee surgery, could be chosen in sixth round


Elisabeth Dillon

Running back Fozzy Whittaker (#2) had his senior season cut short by a knee injury, but he hopes to heal it in time to play in the NFL (Daily Texan file photo from September 6, 2011).

Lauren Giudice

In his five years at Texas, running back Fozzy Whittaker played in 38 games and started in 18. During his college career, he carried the ball 263 times for 1,233 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition, he had 73 receptions for 464 yards.

He was a kickoff return specialist and holds a school record with two touchdowns, both coming in consecutive contests last season and both going for a school record 100 yards.

Whittaker’s senior season ended early as he suffered a knee injury while playing against Missouri. But he still led the team with nine total touchdowns scored.

Despite his injury, Whittaker was invited to the NFL Combine. He did not participate in any of the workouts except for the bench press, in which he had 20 reps.

Whittaker also did interviews.

Although Whittaker had an impressive career as a running back and as kickoff returner, his skills in the Wild formation have left an impression on Texas.

“I heard Bryan [Harsin] say, probably two weeks before Fozzy got hurt, ‘I’ve never seen anybody do this [the wild formation] as good as Fozzy Whittaker.’ He’s just a natural for it,” said head coach Mack Brown during a press conference last week.

It is expected that Whittaker, who is 5-foot-10 and 202 pounds, will be drafted around the sixth round.

Although he is small, he is explosive and has good vision.

But, according to the NFL Combine analysis, Whittaker struggles to move laterally. In addition, his injury will definitely be a concern for teams considering drafting him.

Printed on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 as: Dynamic kick returner limited to bench press, interviews as Whittaker recovers from surgery