OL E.J. Whitley Bio

The Dallas Cowboys concluded their 2006 NFL Draft by selecting OL E.J. Whitley of Texas Tech.

2005: All-Big 12 Second Team ... veteran starter along the line ... one of the most versatile linemen in Texas Tech history ... can move to any position along the line and the offense won't skip a beat ... has started at every position at some point during his career ... 44 career starts is most among Tech linemen this season ... team captain ... leader on the field and in the lockerroom ... eases quarterback's mind with presence on the outside ... aided in Taurean Henderson being one of the league's top running backs ... instrumental in success of offensive performance this season ... the unit leads the country in passing for the fourth-straight season and is among the top five scoring offenses in the country ... Tech also has produced the most rushing scores (25) since the 1996 season and has logged over 100 yards rushing per game for the second time under Leach.

2004: Offensive tackle who started in all 12 games ... helped anchor an offensive line that has protected first-year starting quarterback Sonny Cumbie, who led the country in passing and total offense ... Whitley's size is his greatest attribute ... physical, intimidating presence who also is one of the line's best blockers ... running backs Taurean Henderson and Johnnie Mack excelled on the ground as the duo has combined for 21 of the team's 23 rushing scores.

2003: Honorable Mention All-Big 12 ... integral component of nation's top-ranked pass offense ... number of sacks allowed by the offensive line dropped from 46 in 2002 to 25 in 2003 ... Navy - dominated the trenches, helping pave the way for Tech's bowl season-best 497 passing yards ... Oklahoma - another stellar performance from the offensive line against the nation's top defensive unit ... o-line didn't allow a sack in the game, after OU entered the affair with 39 sacks on the season ... Texas - offensive line turned in outstanding performance, allowing only one sack, while helping the offense roll up 527 yards of total offense on the nation's 16th-ranked defensive unit ... Tech also passed for 365 yards against UT's fifth-ranked pass defense ... Baylor - offense rolled up 716 yards of total offense against the Bears, the second-best single-game total in school history ... Colorado - team passed for 399 yards and rushed for 91 more ... Missouri - Tech quarterbacks threw for 437 yards and four touchdowns ... line allowed only one sack in 73 pass attempts ... Oklahoma State - helped pave way for Henderson's second-straight 100-yard game ... also locked down OSU defensive line, enabling Tech to roll up 552 passing yards and 49 points ... Iowa State - key cog for RB Taurean Henderson's first 100-yard rushing game of the season ... Tech rushed for Leach era-best 240 yards ... 535-yard passing day for Tech offense ... Texas A&M - Red Raiders pass for 605 yards and score 59 against Aggies; most points allowed in A&M school history ... part of offensive line that allowed only one sack in 59 pass attempts ... Mississippi - provided Symons solid protection in 661-yard passing performance ... Red Raiders register 713 yards of total offense on the road ... N.C. State - Tech rolls up 681 yards of total offense, including 586 through the air ... New Mexico - solid performance in the trenches in Symons' first 400-yard passing game ... SMU - opened the season with solid effort against the Mustangs.

2002: All-Big 12 Academic Second Team ... All-Big 12 Coaches Honorable Mention ... played in all 13 games and made starts in each of the last two games ... picked up the Hammer Award against Oklahoma State.

2001: Redshirt season. High School: Texas City High School in Texas City, Texas ... preseason All-America prior to senior season ... first-team all-state ... two-time first-team all-district ... defensive MVP in basketball ... TCHS Male Athlete of the Year ... anchored states top-ranked defense ... helped lead team to state championship with 14-0 record in 1999 ... benches 320 and squats 550 ... chose Texas Tech over Kentucky, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Baylor ... High School Coach: Lance Carter.

Personal: E.J. Whitley ... born February 16, 1982, in Texas City, Texas ... son of Shelly and Larry Whitley ... has four siblings ... majoring in finance.

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