"Know Your Knights" - Chad Whiteaker

Jan. 17, 2014

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By Andrew Jennette

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - With the 2014 season just around the corner, the UCF baseball team will field a 2014 squad that features 24 newcomers. UCFKnights.com will introduce you to each fresh face with a Q and A session as part of the "Know Your Knights" series. 

Junior infielder Chad Whiteaker joins the Knights after two years at the College of Southern Nevada in which he made first team all-conference his freshman campaign after hitting .354 with 56 RBI.

Question 1: Why did you choose to play for the Knights?

CW: Well I took my visit with Dylan Moore and just fell in love with the place. I knew this was where I wanted to be.

Question 2: What's been the biggest adjustment you've had to make to the college game so far?

CW: Just amount of workload, with school and baseball combined. I am just more involved with baseball every day. More hours on the field.

Question 3: Who’s your favorite MLB player and team, and why?

CW: My favorite Major league player is Josh Hamilton, and team I don’t really have one but I’ll go with the Angels because they are close to home.

Question 4: What's your favorite thing to do when you're not on the field?

CW: I like to lift on my own. Yeah I do “beach lifts” for my bis and tris.

Question 5: What is your favorite restaurant in Orlando?

CW: I really like Azteca, it’s a lot of food, and it’s awesome.

Question 6: What's your favorite TV show?

CW: South Park and Game of Thrones. I liked when South Park did their Game of Thrones episode (laughs).

Question 7: What will your walkup song be?

CW: That’s tough, I’m really thinking about doing Saturday Night Fever “Staying Alive”

Question 8: What country would you most like to visit?

CW: Ireland

Question 9: What parts of your game are you trying to improve?

CW: Defense for sure. Working on my hands and my footwork.

Question 10: What's your favorite thing about Orlando?

CW: I like the weather, it’s hard with the humidity sometimes but it’s sunny almost every day which is pretty nice.

Question 11: What's one thing your teammates would be surprised to know about you?

CW: I’m a good country singer. (Will you sing now?) Nah I can’t give it away for free.

Question 12: Who is the guy in the clubhouse that keeps it most upbeat?

CW: I think the most obvious answer is Tyler Martin, but I’m going to say Brooks Morgan. He’s the silent killer with the comedy.

Question 13: Nickname of your first little league team?

CW: We were the Rockhounds which is an awesome name really.

Question 14: What non-athlete would you want to meet most and why?

CW: Matthew McConaughey. He’s got good flow and that “alright alright alright” stuff makes me laugh.

Question 15: If you could have one superpower, which would you choose?

CW: Super Strength

Question 16: At which store would you like to max out a credit card?

CW: The Nike Outlet.

Question 17: What's the farthest you've been from home?

CW: New York. My brother got to play in a tournament at Cooperstown, and I got to go watch him and see the Hall of Fame too.

Question 18: If you were selecting 3-4 movies for a long bus trip, what would you pick?

CW: Any Given Sunday, Step Brothers, 21 Jump Street, and a tie between Gladiator and Troy.

Question 19: Most played song on your iPod?

CW: “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. (You like the video too?) Love the video.

Question 20: Dream date?

CW: I Honestly like Katy Perry



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