Q&A with Ike Whitaker

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Bottom line:
Quarterback
Northwest High School (Germantown, MD)
6-4, 210-pounds, 4.5 40
Senior Line: 157 completions in 262 attempts, school-record 2,586 yards, 28 touchdowns, 10 interceptions. Had 432 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns.
– A 3-year starter who has passed for over 5,000 yards and 56 touchdowns in his career. Has 30-6 record as a starter.
– Led team to 13-1 season in 2004 and a Maryland 3A Championship. Went 20-27 for 207 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception in the final game).
– 4-star prospect
– All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year by Washington Post
– Plans to enroll at Virginia Tech in the early summer. He is fully qualified.

Q&A with Ike Whitaker

TSL: Congratulations on a terrific senior season. How was the feeling of winning a state championship?

Ike Whitaker: It was great. The whole season was great. Winning the championship was just crazy. It was like no other feeling I’ve ever had. I was happy that our hard work paid off. We fell short the last two years, so I was happy for all of my teammates and happy for Coach Trivers.

TSL: Your head coach talks a lot about your work ethic and intensity on and off the field. Do you think your work ethic rubbed has off on your teammates?

Ike Whitaker: I try to lead by example. I try to lead by example and I try to lead by speaking. I try to keep everybody up and moving and I don’t let anyone get down. I think it’s helped us improve as a team.

TSL: You have started since your sophomore season. How much have you grown as a player and a person from when you first started a game for Northwest?

Ike Whitaker: I’ve grown a lot as a person and a player. I’ve really worked hard with Coach Fields over the past few years to be a better player. He’s been great. We had meetings every week so I’d learn the fundamentals, and it all seems to have paid off.

TSL: Describe your style of play.

Ike Whitaker: I always look to pass first, but if the pocket breaks down then I can run. If I get into trouble, I can make things happen with my legs.

TSL: What feels better – throwing a long touchdown pass or breaking a long run for a score?

Ike Whitaker: Ooh… that’s a tough one. Probably breaking a long run. But I don’t know. Having a long pass is really nice too. I had one of those in the state championship (a 44-yard touchdown strike to Alphonzo Griffin).

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