Name: Corey Winfield
Year: (Redshirt) Junior
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
High School: Riverview Gardens
2015 Stats: Started eight games, recording 30 tackles, with two sacks, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble. He also tied for the team lead in interceptions with two (including one returned for a touchdown).
2016 Projections: Winfield should start again at corner, and hopefully keep improving coverage-wise in the new scheme. Those sacks are probably a thing of the past in the Tampa-2, but there’s no reason the interceptions need to go away.
How'd He Get Here?: The then-wide receiver flipped from Northern Illinois to Syracuse. He also had offers from Purdue, Western Kentucky, Arkansas State and others.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say?: Rivals and ESPN said three stars, so we’re only going to count those ratings.
Money Quote: A friend had very complimentary words for Winfield coming out of the scary Naesean Howard stabbing incident this offseason:
"Chauncey couldn't hit him at all. Chauncey had one arm. At the end of the day, if there is a big savior in this whole situation, it's Corey Winfield. He put his life on the line for his best friend."
Links of Wonder: Last year, Syracuse.com’s Stephan Bailey focused in on Winfield adapting his athleticism to make plays on defense (vs. his original position on offense).
Tweets of Wonder:
Me and @c_xi_w are good ! God got us both. #Warriors— TheGetBack (@Proto_21) April 17, 2016
What Does the Coaching Staff Think of Him?: Babers was very concerned for both Winfield and Chauncey Scissum following the stabbing incident, but was confident afterward that they’d be in camp (ended up being true).
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: In 2014, Winfield claimed the transition to cornerback came easy to him.
Let's Get a Good Look Atcha: Winfield has some pretty solid leaping ability, as you may know.