Scott Shafer explains decision to move Julian Whigham down on the depth chart

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm Contact Paul: | @pschweds Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said senior cornerback Julian Whigham’s starting spot wasn’t guaranteed at Atlantic Coast Conference Media Day in July. For the first time all season, Whigham’s role was significantly reduced on Saturday against then-No. 25 Pittsburgh as he played at safety on third-down packages.“Productivity on game day, or lack thereof,” Shafer said, “is probably the biggest component when we make those decisions.”After an offseason in which Whigham transformed his lifestyle, he was beat several times downfield throughout the first half of the season. On Syracuse’s (3-4, 1-2 ACC) depth chart for its upcoming game against No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1) Whigham was bumped to the backup cornerback spot as redshirt freshman Cordell Hudson moved up to start alongside sophomore Corey Winfield.Whigham recorded seven total tackles and two pass breakups on Sept. 12 against Wake Forest, but in the last five games, he’s had eight tackles and no breakups. Meanwhile, Hudson has recorded eight tackles in the past three games and a pass breakup against Virginia as his role has steadily increased.“(Hudson)’s progressively gotten better with everything he’s done and he’s been productive in practice,” Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer also said playing Whigham at safety, a position he played at Dwyer (Florida) High School, partially had to do with redshirt freshman Rodney Williams being injured with a lower-body injury in the past two games.“When you have a guy that can play multiple positions, it goes a long way,” Shafer said, “and he’s shown that ability mentally to do those things so we felt it would be a good fit.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories Chuck Bullough: Coaching staff discussing future use of Julian WhighamScott Shafer doesn’t guarantee senior Julian Whigham will start at cornerbackJulian Whigham says he’s been 1 of SU’s best players despite inconsistent performanceCordell Hudson hopes to add depth at cornerback following redshirt seasonHis Balllast_img read more

Ichiro’s opener in Tokyo was every emotion in one game

first_imgAs Seattle manager Scott Servais confirmed to reporters Monday, he gave the Japanese baseball icon a fitting showcase at age 45. And it was everything any fan would’ve wanted as some 45,000 rose to cheer him as he was introduced and headed to right field.🐐— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 20, 2019Another angle (insert chills):All love for Ichiro! #MLB開幕戦— MLB (@MLB) March 20, 2019There came a time it felt surreal … like Snoop-for-walkup-music surreal.Ichiro comes to the plate to Snoop Dogg, crowd goes nuts.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) March 20, 2019But for every spine-tingling intro, there must be an exit. His came in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Servais allowed the fans to gradually absorb what they were seeing.Ichiro comes out of the game.Pardon us, we’re crying in the club rn.— Cut4 (@Cut4) March 20, 2019For the record, Suzuki went 0-for-1 with a walk and a pop-out to the infield. He’s expected to play in Thursday’s second game of the opening series against the A’s in Japan, but it’s unclear if he’ll start. Domo arigatou, Ichiro.A packed Tokyo Dome crowd on Wednesday was able to show its appreciation for favorite son Ichiro Suzuki, who made an emotional start for the Mariners to open the 2019 MLB season against the Athletics. For all intents and purposes, this was a future Hall of Famer’s moment in the sun.But we’ll always have the memories.Unforgettable.— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) March 20, 2019last_img read more