Seven Questions With Chad Whitener

Terry Tush goes one-on-one with Cowboys linebacker Chad Whitener.

It took Chad Whitener a little longer to get to Oklahoma State after an outstanding playing career at Mansfield High School in Mansfield, Texas than most of his teammates. He signed with California and spent his freshman year playing for the Bears before deciding to transfer closer to home.

The middle linebacker spent the 2014 season redshirting after transferring and was playing sparingly a year ago before three-year starter Ryan Simmons suffered a season-ending knee injury. Whitener stepped into the starting lineup and performed admirably, earning first team All-Big 12 honors as selected by the San Antonio Express-News.

Whitener started the final seven games of the season and finished as the Cowboys third-leading tackler. He finished his sophomore season with 93 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two interceptions, a quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He led the team with a career-high 19 tackles against Baylor, and intercepted TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin twice in the second half, returning one for a touchdown and the other to the 1-yard line to set up another score, earning national player of the week honors for his performance against the Horned Frogs.

Whitener is not entrenched as the Cowboys starting middle linebacker, and here he shares his thoughts on his teammates and the upcoming season.


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