No matter what you think of Chandler Whitmer’s play you’ve got to appreciate his willingness and desire to compete. Most competitors would.
What’s goin on?
I last saw Chandler Whitmer minutes before new UConn Coach Bob Diaco was set to be introduced and in looking at him and talking with him too it didn’t seem like the young man, a redshirt junior transfer from Butler (Kan.) CC was coming back. He ended the season third on the depth chart after losing his job to true freshman Tim Boyle after four games but it was redshirt freshman Casey Cochran who lit the place up in the final three games of the season, all wins, something Whitmer had not done for the Huskies to this season.
Whitmer graduated in December. The Huskies still have Kivon Taylor who will be a redshirt freshman and Logan Marchi is coming in true this season. Whitmer saw it all and he truly was see-sawing between returning.
The one thing that has been a constant with Whitmer is his competitive spirt. And I know he wants to win but there’s a serous fire that burns within Whitmer and apparenly Diaco appealed to it because Whitmer told me – after speaking with the new UConn coach again recently – without hesitation and with a lot of excitement Saturday that he’s coming back to Storrs.
“I’m coming back,” Whitmer said by phone. “Coach Diaco wants me to come back. I’m coming back to compete. And you know, if I start I start. If I don’t, I don’t but I want to help this team and I want to help the position. If I’m not the starter I will accept my role and do whatever it takes to help UConn win. We haven’t been to a bowl game. It’s been too long.”
If nothing else you know there will be three guys with playing experience fighting for the No.1 job this season. It should be a good battle and certainly one of the highlights of spring practice.
For now congratulations to Whitmer on his big-time decision to fight and be a team player if he doesn’t win it.