Sophomore Corey Whitaker will enter fall camp with a goal of competing for playing time on the offensive line. The California native is part of an outstanding collection of young talent on the line that should provide a foundation for the Husker offense in the coming years. The 6-4, 290-pound Whitaker spent the spring working at offensive guard, a position where NU must replace three-year starter Spencer Long.
2013 (Redshirt Freshman)
Whitaker added depth on the offensive line, but did not see action in a game.
Whitaker suffered a knee injury and redshirted his first season at Nebraska.
Before Nebraska (Vista Murrieta HS)
Whitaker starred at Vista Murrieta High School, and his play helped fuel a prolific offense that led Coach Coley Candaele’s team to the finals of the CIF Southern Section Inland playoffs in both 2010 and 2011. In Whitaker’s senior year, Vista Murrieta finished with a 10-4 record, with all four losses by forfeit, and it capped its season with a 35-28 victory over Corona Centennial in the playoff finals. Whitaker’s play helped the offense average 235.9 rushing yards and 37.0 points per game.
As a junior, Whitaker paved the way for an offense that averaged 38.8 points and better than 200 rushing yards per game en route to a 12-2 record and a berth in the finals of the CIF Southern Section playoffs. He was a two-time first-team all-league, All-CIF and All-Valley selection, and was named to the 2011 All-Inland team by SouthernCaliforniaPreps.com. Whitaker was regarded as one of the nation’s top 100 offensive line prospects by 247 Sports. Whitaker also drew heavy interest from Oregon, visited Nevada and San Jose State, and had offers from Fresno State and San Diego State among others.
Whitaker was born on Feb. 14, 1994, and is the son of Corey Whitaker and Tammy Reisdorph. Whitaker is a business administration major. He has volunteered his time with Uplifting Athletes, Husker Hotline and community rec center outreach events.