Whitaker returns for his third season in Double Blue after setting a number of career milestones in 2016, including becoming the 41st player in CFL history to rush for 5,000+ career yards. The eight-year CFL veteran compiled 1,558 yards and seven touchdowns in 18 regular season games. He led the East Division and ranked second in the CFL in rushing with 1,009 yards and three touchdowns on 189 carries, becoming the first Argonaut since Cory Boyd in 2011 to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark.
The versatile back also set a career-high with 81 receptions which he translated into 549 yards and four touchdowns. Whitaker’s 2016 reception total ranks second to just Robert Drummond (85, 1997) for a player with 150+ rushing attempts. Whitaker and Drummond are the only two players to record more than 75 receptions and 150 rushing attempts in the same season.
The Baylor product originally signed with the Argonauts on June 21, 2015, after spending six CFL seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.