Shaq Wiggins to be playmaker at Louisville

Shaq Wiggins, who transferred from Georgia to Louisville prior to last season, is ready to step in and be a playmaker in the secondary for the Cardinals' defense this season. Wiggins' teammates say he's the loudest talker on the team but Wiggins said he wants his talking to be done on the field with his ability.

The University of Louisville has a transfer from Georgia eligible to play this season after sitting out a year and the Cardinals' coaches expect him to be one of the best players on the defense.

Oh, and it's not Josh Harvey-Clemons.

A big-time safety, Harvey-Clemons is expected to make a ton of plays and be a leader on defense but his running mate and close friend - Shaq Wiggins - also has some lofty expectations heading into his junior season.

"The fun thing about Shaq being here for a year is that we've had to listen to him for a year," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "Now, we get to see him back it up. Shaq's playing hard and moving his mouth. One thing Shaq likes to do is talk, and he keeps us all, some smiling, some frowning. It just depends on what he says."

The 5-foot-10, 171-pound Wiggins is considered a playmaker and a talker. Linebacker James Burgess said he didn't think anyone could top former U of L cornerback Charles Gaines talking all the time, "but then Shaq showed up."

"He never stops," Burgess said. "He just keeps talking and talking. Sometimes, I don't even know what he's saying."

Wiggins said that's just his style. He said he likes to keep folks on their heels and does a lot of trash talking to opponents.

"I'm big on confidence," Wiggins said. "I'm a feisty little corner. I like to play man-to-man. I actually like jamming receivers.

"That's kind of what made me into who I am today, getting in people's faces and always talking trash. It just makes the game more exciting and fun. I've been doing it since I was 6 I guess."

Now, he gets to do it for Todd Grantham again.

He started eight games and led Georgia with two interceptions two seasons ago under Grantham. But he left the school after Grantham came to U of L and then was reunited with his former coach, along with Harvey-Clemons.

"He's always talking but he's always making plays also," Harvey-Clemons said. "He's so much fun to watch."

Wiggins is expected to be one of the cornerbacks for the Cardinals this season, a year when the Cardinals have to replace Gaines, Andrew Johnson and Terell Floyd in that position.

"I'm ready to play again," said Wiggins, who sat out most of the spring with an elbow injury. "I'm ready to go."


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