Quick with a head for the game and relatively overlooked, Whittaker was enjoying a solid senior season before his knee gave way. Nonetheless, he isn't letting the injury alter his college football plans.
"The injury happened at a really unfortunate time," Whittaker said. "I was playing well and the team was playing well, but I will come back better.
"Being away from football has really shown me just how much I love the game and I want to get back out there and be better than before I got hurt."
In the meantime, Whittaker is working to improve himself in the areas he can.
"I can't really work out my legs right now, but I'm hitting my upper body hard, just the things that I can hit," he said.
There still isn't a timetable for Whittaker to start strengthening his knee.
"Right now, I just have to let it heal, which is hard because when I'm sitting around I want to be working out, but at the same time I can't do anything to aggravate it," he said. "It's weird to say, but I can't wait to get started on my rehab."
Whittaker finds some solace in knowing that the Arizona coaching staff is backing him.
"The coaches have talked with me since the injury and they're one hundred percent in my corner," Whittaker said. "They just told me I made the right decision and they are still happy that I'm going to be a Wildcat.
"I just want to get back on the field as soon as possible and hopefully reward their faith in me."