August 23, 2007

Notebook: Wilhite back on the right track

Even though cornerback Jonathan Wilhite had started 16 games over the last two seasons, he was no shoe-in to keep that starting job this fall.

The senior was dogged by inconsistencies his first two years, something defensive coordinator Will Muschamp stressed continuously during two-a-days.

"His biggest issues are consistency in performance, something he's really worked on," said Muschamp. "He's come out every day with a good attitude and worked hard.

"One bad play at corner can affect a game. He certainly understands that. He has the ability. He's a great person and he's worked awful hard. I'm real proud of where he is right now but it's a day-to-day process."

It's the mental part of his game that Wilhite's worked on the most this fall.

"I think it's a focus thing," said Wilhite. "I feel like in the past I just had a lack of focus. For my senior year, (Muschamp) stressed that and I'm just trying to pursue that."

Wilhite is getting the job done up to this point. While sophomore Jerraud Powers has grabbed most of the headlines with almost daily big plays, Wilhite has been steady on the other side.

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