Kielan Whitner’s transition from defensive back to linebacker gives Syracuse a more balanced defense

first_img Published on August 29, 2017 at 11:45 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+ Kielan Whitner may have been the starting strong safety last season, but the Syracuse coaching staff feels like the secondary is a lot deeper this year.This season, Whitner must compete against multiple players to try and see the field in the secondary, but the coaches still wanted him to be on the field. Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brian Ward approached him after spring ball and suggested a switch to outside linebacker. Whitner’s versatility should help bolster and make the Syracuse’s defense more dynamic this season.“There’s certain guys that we want to get in the game because they can help us win,” SU head coach Dino Babers said. “And if he’s one of those guys, then we’ll get him in the game. … I think it was a good move for him, and I think he’ll contribute in 2017.”The starting linebackers have been fairly consistent for SU. Parris Bennett and Zaire Franklin, who started every game and Jonathan Thomas — who started nine of 12 games last year — will start again this season. Bennett and Franklin finished in the Top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in tackles per game a year ago.Whitner played both strong safety and free safety in his two years at SU, including starts at each position last season. As of now, Whitner is pegged as backup strong-side linebacker, behind Thomas. And although he is technically playing a new position, he said he already feels comfortable there.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“At strong safety, they had me roll down to the box,” Whitner said. “It’s very similar to playing outside linebacker.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorWhile Whitner was a defensive back in high school, he said he had a little bit of experience playing outside linebacker. His task was usually to guard the opposing team’s best receiver. If that player happened to be a slot receiver, then Whitner would drop down and match up.The skillset Whitner brings could also help with disguising the defense. Last season, on nearly every third down, there was a nickel package in which Whitner would come in, he said. Now, with him at linebacker, SU could conceivably keep him on the field for third downs. This would make it tough for defenses to tell whether Whitner would be acting as a nickel defensive back or whether he would just be playing his standard outside linebacker role.While Franklin knows that changing positions can be a challenge, he echoed Whitner in saying that switch should not being too difficult and praised his improvement. Franklin is in charge of communicating with the rest of the defense on the field, telling players where to move or how to disguise a certain look. He said Whitner consistently asks questions if he’s unsure about a certain play or look, which has made the transition run smoothly.“He’s one of those guys who prides himself on knowing everything,” Franklin said. “He already had a kind of decent knowledge of the SAM anyway. I think he’s made a really good transition.“He’s going to be a baller.” Commentslast_img read more

Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 2019: TV schedule, start time, odds, records, past winners

first_imgMen’s recordYearContestantHot dogs eaten2018Joey Chestnut742016Joey Chestnut73*2017Joey Chestnut722019Joey Chestnut712016Joey Chestnut70* Chestnut’s 2016 record was set at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle just nine days before the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest.Women’s recordYearContestantHot dogs eaten2012Sonya Thomas452017Miki Sudo412009Sonya Thomas412011Sonya Thomas402007Sonya Thomas39 Fireworks and patriotic colors, move aside. The Fourth of July has arrived and that means one thing, and one thing only: It’s time for the  Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest .The quest for the coveted Mustard Belt returns to its iconic location at Surf and Stillwell avenues on Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Major League Eating is sanctioning the contest for the 22nd time. Joey Chestnut will defend his title as MLE’s No. 1-ranked eater after downing a record 74 hot dogs in 10 minutes  in 2018 to win the $10,000 top prize. It was his 11th victory in the contest. The count is official: JOEY CHESTNUT ATE A WORLD RECORD 74 HOT DOGS. 😱— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 4, 2018Last year’s runner-up, Carmen Cincotti, will not be competing this year, but Matt Stonie, the last man to down more hot dogs than Chestnut, will be ready to challenge him again and reclaim his title.Miki Sudo is back to defend her Pepto-Bismol-sponsored pink belt after eating 37 hot dogs and buns to win the women’s division, her fifth victory. Sudo’s personal best is 41 hot dogs, consumed during the 2017 contest.Below is all the information you need on how to watch the 2019 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, as well as past winners, rules, records and what Chestnut has been eating since last Independence Day.When is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest?The annual event occupies its traditional July 4 spot on the calendar this year. The women’s competition will begin at 10:45 a.m. ET, with the men  following at noon ET.How to watch the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating ContestThere’s no need to fear missing the contest. ESPN’s family of channels will air the event seven times in a 15-hour window. Live coverage of the women’s contest begins at 10:45 a.m. ET on ESPN3. Coverage of the men’s contest coverage follows on ESPN2 at noon ET. The men’s competition will also re-air on ESPN2 at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. ET., and at 7 p.m. and midnight ET on ESPNEWS. You can also stream the action online at and on the WatchESPN app.Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest rulesMajor League Eating and the International Federation of Competitive Eating have sanctioned the competition since 1997. These are the rules for the contest:Only entrants under contract with MLE can compete.The field consists of 20 competitors made up of the defending champ, regional qualifiers and any wild-card qualifiers.The contestant to consume the most hot dogs with buns in 10 minutes is the winner.Contestants can use any beverage to help (most use water).Contestants have a designated scorer to keep track of their hot dog count.Partial hot dogs count. Hot dogs still in a contestant’s mouth after time runs out count as long as they are eventually swallowed.If a contestant vomits, he or she is disqualified.Ties are broken by an eat-off decided by whoever finishes five hot dogs quicker.Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest winners Along with a fancy championship belt and a full stomach, winners of the contest also receive a $10,000 prize. The timing of the contest has varied over the years, with 10 minutes being the official duration since 2008.YearWinnerHot dogs eatenTime2019 men’sJoey Chestnut7110 mins.2019 women’sMiki Sudo312018 men’sJoey Chestnut7410 mins.2018 women’sMiki Sudo372017 men’sJoey Chestnut7210 mins.2017 women’sMiki Sudo412016 men’sJoey Chestnut7010 mins.2016 women’sMiki Sudo38.52015 men’sMatt Stonie6210 mins.2015 women’sMiki Sudo382014 men’sJoey Chestnut6110 mins.2014 women’sMiki Sudo342013 men’sJoey Chestnut6910 mins.2013 women’sSonya Thomas36.752012 men’sJoey Chestnut6810 mins.2012 women’sSonya Thomas452011 men’sJoey Chestnut6210 mins.2011 women’sSonya Thomas402010Joey Chestnut5410 mins.2009Joey Chestnut6810 mins.2008Joey Chestnut5910 mins.2007Joey Chestnut6612 mins.2006Takeru Kobayashi53.7512 mins.2005Takeru Kobayashi4912 mins.2004Takeru Kobayashi53.512 mins.2003Takeru Kobayashi44.512 mins.2002Takeru Kobayashi50.512 mins.2001Takeru Kobayashi5012 mins2000Kazutoyo Arai2512 mins.1999Steve Keiner21.512 mins.1998Hirofumi Nakajima1912 mins.1997Hirofumi Nakajima24.512 mins.What else has Joey Chestnut been eating?An 11-time champion of the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest and winner of the last three, Joey “Jaws” Chestnut was a hungry man last year. In 2018 alone, he set six food-eating records, raising his total to 49 records officially recognized by Major League Eating.In Chestnut’s last eating contest, however, he was upset and finished second in the World Hostess Donettes Eating Championship , losing to Geoffrey Esper. Esper ate 235 mini-powdered donuts to Chestnut’s 200. Chestnut set the record last year with 257 Donettes eaten in six minutes.Besides the Donette and hot dogs marks, Chestnut set these records last year:Ice cream sandwiches: 25.5 in six minutes.Mutton sandwiches: 81 in 10 minutes.San Pedro Fish Market shrimp: Seven pounds in eight minutes. Shrimp cocktail: 18 pounds, 9.6 ounces of St. Elmo shrimp cocktail in eight minutes. Hot dog eating world recordJoey Chestnut set the record with 74 hot dogs  eaten in 10 minutes last year. Miki Sudo has cruised to victory on the women’s side in each of the last four years, but the closest she has come to the women’s record is four dogs. The most hot dogs eaten by a person not named Joey Chestnut is 64, by Carmen Cincotti last year.last_img read more