J.J. Whittaker to take over @GoAztecs on Tuesday
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A highly touted recruit, who suffered injuries three straight years before finally playing last year and starting all 13 games ... Ended up earning all-conference honors as an honorable mention pick ... Is an SDSU scholar-athlete ... Is slated to start once again this fall at left cornerback.
2013: Was named an honorable mention all-MW pick, which was voted on by the league coaches and selected media ... Had 32 tackles (24 solos) in his first 13 career starts and games played, along with 11 pass breakups, three interceptions, a forced fumble and two tackles for loss ... Ranked fifth in the MW with 1.08 passes defended (PBUs + INT's) per game (14 total) ... vs. Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31) ... Played his first collegiate game in the opener vs. Eastern Illinois, earning the start at left cornerback ... Finished with a solo tackle in the loss ... at No. 3/2 Ohio State (Sept. 7) ... Started again at Ohio State and had three tackles (all solo) ... vs. Oregon State (Sept. 21) ... Started vs. Oregon State and had five stops ... at New Mexico State (Sept. 28) ... Had his first career two pass breakups and a solo tackle at New Mexico State ... vs. Nevada (Oct. 4) ... Had a breakout game vs. Nevada, setting a career high with six tackles and five pass breakups ... The five pass deflections were tied for the second most in school history and tied for the second most in a game in the country ... at Air Force (Oct. 10) ... Made two tackles, including his first TFL, and his first forced fumble at Air Force ... vs. No. 15/18 Fresno State (Oct. 26) ... Had four tackles (three solo) and two pass breakups against Fresno State ... vs. New Mexico (Nov. 2) ... Had five tackles, including four of the solo variety, against New Mexico ... at San José State (Nov. 9) ... Had two tackles at San José State and his first career interception late in the fourth quarter, which allowed SDSU to run out the clock and preserve the 34-30 win ... at Hawai'i (Nov. 16) ... Started for the 10th straight game at Hawai'i without recording a stat ... vs. Boise State (Nov. 23) ... Was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week and a CFPA honorable mention defensive back of the week for his play against Boise State where he had two tackles, two interceptions, including one for a touchdown, and two pass breakups ... The 18-yard interception return for a touchdown tied the game at 21-21 ... The two interceptions in a single game were tied for a league high this season and the fourth most in the nation ... Became the first SDSU player with two interceptions in a game since Derek Largent had two against Colorado State on Oct. 12, 2012, and the first Aztec with an interception returned for a touchdown since both Leon McFadden and Eric Pinkins had one apiece at Fresno State on Sept. 29, 2012 ... at UNLV (Nov. 30) ... Earned his 12th consecutive start at UNLV, but did not find the stat sheet ... vs. Buffalo (Dec. 21, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl) ... Had one tackle, which was a 1-yard loss, vs. Buffalo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
2012: Missed the 2012 season after breaking his scapula in the team's fall scrimmage.
2011: Missed all of 2011 with a knee injury.
2010: Redshirted after tearing his ACL prior to the start of fall camp.
High School: A three-star recruit out of Oceanside High by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... Ranked as the 118th recruit at the athlete position nationally by Scout.com ... Two-time first-team all-league, all-North County and all-CIF honoree ... Posted big offensive numbers as a senior for the Pirates with 68 carries for 627 yards and five touchdowns and caught 49 balls for 770 yards and six touchdowns ... Named a member of the 2009 all-state team by CalHiSports.com (second team) ... As a junior, had 772 yards on 40 catches and six scores on offense and picked off six passes, while defending 20 others on defense ... Was a three-year letterwinner in basketball, earning first-team all-league honors and all-CIF honors as a senior.
Personal: Born July 17, 1991, in Long Beach, Calif. ... Son of Jerry and Lanie Whittaker ... Father, Jerry, played baseball at Oklahoma and was a second-round Draft pick by the Chicago White Sox ... Chose San Diego State over scholarship offers from Arizona, Washington, Washington State and New Mexico State ... Also was looked at by Texas A&M ... Full name is Jerry Augustus Whittaker, Jr. ... Graduated with a criminal justice degree in May and is working on a master's degree.