All-Big 12 first team (AP)... All-Big 12 first team (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)... All-Big 12 first team (San Antonio Express-News)... All-Big 12 first team (Dallas Morning News)... All-Big 12 second team (Phil Steele)... All-Big 12 honorable mention (Coaches)... All-Big 12 second team (Rivals.com)... All-Big 12 second team (Kansas City Star)... All-Big 12 second team (Columbia Tribune)... was honorable mention for Big 12 Defensive Lineman of the Year... named All-Big 12 second team... BIG 12 RANKINGS: tied for 16th in tackles for a loss (8.5)... ended career extending consecutive starts streak to 49 games against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl (11/27), which is the longest active streak among Tech players... played in 13 games (13 starts) making 57 tackles (38 solo) with two sacks, 8.5 tackles for a loss of 28 yards, one quarterback hurry, broke up one pass and recovered one fumble on the season... made seven tackles (two solo) against Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas... one of eight Texas Tech seniors playing in fourth consecutive bowl game as this group of seniors played in the Gator, Cotton, Alamo and TicketCity Bowls (Baron Batch, Bront Bird, Brian Duncan, Julius Howard, Lyle Leong, Detron Lewis, LaRon Moore, Colby Whitlock)... recorded five tackles (all solo) against Houston (11/27)... joined senior Taylor Potts as a team captain against Cougars... made five tackles (three solo) and recovered one fumble at No. 16 Oklahoma (11/13)... joined senior LaRon Moore as a team captain against Sooners... made six tackles (four solo) with one sack for a loss of nine yards against No. 14 Missouri (11/6)... had seven tackles (three solo), including 1.5 tackles for a loss at Texas A&M (10/30)... recorded three tackles (two solo) with one tackle for a loss of five yards at Colorado (10/23)... notched four tackles (all solo), including one for a loss, against Oklahoma State (10/16)... posted three tackles (two solo), one tackle for a loss and had team's only sack against Baylor (10/9) at the Cotton Bowl... tied for team-high nine tackles (five solo) and had one tackle for a loss and one pass breakup at Iowa State (10/2)... had six tackles (all solo), including two tackles for a loss of three yards against No. 4 Texas (9/18)... joined senior Detron Lewis as a team captain against Longhorns... had two tackles (both solo) and one quarterback hurry during season opener against SMU (9/5).
Assisted on three tackles and a tackle for loss, had a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in the bowl win over Michigan State ... three solo tackles and a tackle for loss against Baylor ... three tackles and assisted on a sack against Oklahoma ... also had a tackle for loss and a half and a quarterback hurry ... six tackles at Oklahoma State ... two sacks, a forced fumble and four tackles in the win over Kansas ... recorded four solo tackles against Texas A&M... five tackles and a pass breakup at the line of scrimmage at Nebraska ... had two solo tackles in the win over Kansas State ... logged two tackles in the win over New Mexico ... finished the Houston game with eight tackles and a pass breakup ... made two tackles versus Texas ... collected his first sack of the season and finished the night with three total tackles against Rice ... recorded one tackle for loss against North Dakota.
All-America Sophomore Second Team (CollegeFootballNews.com) ... All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention (AP, Big 12 Coaches) ... four stops against Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl ... solo tackle against Baylor ... had five tackles at Oklahoma ... posted three solo tackles, a sack and a pass breakup against Oklahoma State ... solid performance against Texas, recording a safety on Texas' first offensive play of the game ... led the team with eight solo tackles, including two for loss ... two tackles and a quarterback hurry at Kansas ... productive day at Texas A&M with five tackles ... recorded two solo tackles against Nebraska ... had three stops at Kansas State ... made three solo tackles, including two for loss, in the win over UMass ... three tackles in the win at Nevada.
Freshman All-America First Team by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) ... Freshman All-America Second Team by CollegeFootballNews.com ... All-Big 12 Conference Freshman Team by The Sporting News and All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention by the league coaches ... first freshman All-American defensive lineman since McKinner Dixon in 2005 ... finished the season with 47 tackles, including 33 solo stops ... also had 8.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, forced a fumble and pressured the quarterback five times ... started the last 10 games of the season ... had 11 tackles through first six games, then exploded with 36 over the last seven ... had six in the win over Texas A&M ... posted four each against Missouri and Colorado ... had a season-best 10 against Texas ... four of his tackles came behind the line of scrimmage ... had four stops against Oklahoma and five in the bowl win over Virginia.
Noble High School in Noble, Okla. ... a dynamic prospect who was projected as a defensive lineman at the collegiate level ... rated a three-star player and the No. 17 overall player in the state on Rivals.com's Oklahoma Top 30 for 2007 ... ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle in the state and No. 69 in the country by Rivals ... named an Oklahoma All-State first-team selection after totaling 109 tackles (24 for loss), 11 forced fumbles and three sacks for the Bears during his senior season ... participated as a defensive lineman in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Football Game ... named first-team Big All-City by The Oklahoman ... a Velocity/PrepStar Magazine All-Region selection, he finished his high school career with 218 tackles (65 for loss) and 13 sacks ... recorded an impressive 31 tackles for loss as a junior in 2005 ... also a heavyweight wrestler at the prep level ... attended Texas Tech summer camp prior to his senior year ... chose Tech over Kansas, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.
Colby Whitlock ... born August 28, 1988, in Norman, Okla. ... son of Terri and Jack Whitlock ... has an older sister, Kayli, and younger brother, John ... majoring in general studies.