WARRICK DUNN FINALIST: Chandler Whitfield - Zachary WR/KR

Zachary's Chandler Whitfield - Warrick Dunn Player of the Year Nominee

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Zachary didn’t fall behind much this season, but if and when the Broncos did, Chandler Whitfield felt like that was his time to shine and turn things in the right direction.

“Personally, I think that myself, my speed can change the game,” said Whitfield. “Whenever we’re down, I feel like I’m that guy that can pick the whole team up and just get us going.”

“He’s just as fast on the football field fully-pad, fully-padded up, as he is on the track and that’s a huge weapon right there, for a guy to be that fast all the time,” said head coach David Brewerton.

Listed at 5-foot-8 and 155 pounds, Whitfield knows how to use his strengths. He’s quick, dynamic, speedy, and shifty. In the receiving game, he accounted for 14 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards. He’s also been a dangerous return man that will have you asking what just happened.

“I love returning ’cause it’s better than catching a long ball,” Whitfield explained.

“For the return, you get it yourself. That’s you. You did that. And it’s a big role to fill because you know your team is counting on you to not make no bad decisions. You’ve got to be smart. But sometimes, you’ve got to be risky, too,” Whitfield added.

“It’s God-given, I guess. When I’m in the game, I don’t really too much think. I just do,” said Whitfield.

“It was electric. He’s definitely one of those guys that he can be standing in the end zone at the end of a play. Quickly,” Brewerton added.

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A two-time state champ, Whitfield said he takes pride in being named a team captain for the 2018 Broncos after an incident his junior year when he missed a workout. It’s a moment that he credits for getting him back on track.

“It did something to me. I was mad, but at the same time, I took responsibility for what I did and I knew how much this team needed me,” said Whitfield.

“His senior year, we saw just drastic changes in him. His concentration level on what was going on and what was important to him. He made big strides this year,” Brewerton explained.

No. 19 will, without a doubt, be missed. He put his stamp on his career at Zachary in the Superdome in the 5A State Championship game with six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown.

“The bigger the game, the better he played. That’s something that big-time players are able to do,” Brewerton added.

The awards banquet will be held Tuesday, January 15 at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel.

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