The 90 Illini #80: Hunter Whitenack

Jun 9, 2022

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I found that photo and my first reaction was "did Hunter Whitenack wear a Nick Anderson Orlando Magic jersey to school on the day he received his Athlete Of The Year award at his high school?" But then I saw the "2" there, which means it's 32, which means it's an 90's era Shaq jersey.

Let's just make this a way for me to announce that if any recruit, football or basketball, wears a 90's-era Nick Anderson Orlando Magic jersey to high school, four Tom Cruises MINIMUM.

80. Hunter Whitenack

Offensive Lineman
Uniform number: not yet known
Year in school: True Freshman (5 years to play 4)
Height: 6'-6" -- Weight: 315 lbs.
Hometown: New Carlisle, Indiana
High School: New Prairie HS
Five best offers: Cincinnati, Tulane, Western Michigan, UAB, Ball State
Tom Cruise rating:


He's a big boy. Already 315 in high school. Clayton Leonard and Matt Fries arrive at 275 lbs and will have to bulk up to get into the rotation. Whitenack arrives at 315 and might be put on some kind of "for every lb of muscle added lose one lb of fat" plan. Which is a plan someone should have put me on approximately 24 years ago.

Wait, no - I'd look ridiculous. Scratch that. Put me on the "replace 10 lbs of fat with 1 lb of muscle" plan. Also, how are you supposed to type "pound"? I feel like saying "pound" would be incorrect. "For every pound of muscle added, lose one pound of fat." That just doesn't look right. I think you're supposed to use lb but I don't know if it's lb. or lb. And I just ended that sentence with a period so you have no idea what I'm talking about. Are you supposed to use "lb" or "lb." when typing out "one pound"? Abbreviations are confusing. I feel like I'm really good with the words but I don't know how to write "pound" and that's frustrating.

Here's how my brain works. I'm typing that paragraph and lyrics from a random 1989 Young MC song pop into my head. They have nothing to do with any of that. I'm seriously typing out that paragraph and this is in my head:

I don't mean to brag or boast
Just to tell you I'm great
But I can rock the microphone
like Dorothy Hamill can skate

What is wrong with me? Also, why am I not talking about Hunter Whitenack?

2022 Outlook

If one of the offensive linemen makes the two-deep this fall, I feel like it will be Whitenack or Joey Okla. And since we haven't gotten to Okla yet, I think I'm telling you that I think Okla is the most likely and Whitenack is the second-most likely. Of course, that was before the offensive change. I said that about Okla last fall because he reminded me of the guards they were using on the field. Okla, to me, is Jack Badovinac, only 2.5" taller. So I figured they'd want to use him immediately in that Badovinac role.

But then the offense changed. And this spring, Zy Crisler (all 360 lbs of him) was getting some snaps in the spot where Badovinac played fall. So maybe the change to the Tempro Offense means that there's a change in philosophy on the offensive line? If that's the case, then maybe Whitenack is the most likely to get into the two-deep. He has the size. He's a wrestler so he probably has the footwork. And he certainly has the lbs.

Don't we all?


ditkanate on June 10, 2022 @ 08:00 AM

Come for the Tom Cruises, stay for the random Young MC lyrics. Can't say I'm not getting my money's worth from Robert!

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