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Weinke 'built to be a football coach'

Bradenton, Fla. -- Chris Weinke remembers March 2010 as a watershed moment.  That's when he officially became coach Weinke.

As the director of IMG's new football academy, Weinke took charge like he did while leading Florida State to the 1999 national championship and winning the 2000 Heisman Trophy.

"None of us have a crystal ball and you don't know what to expect," Weinke said. "A little bit surprised on the success we've had as early as we've had."

Success is measured by who trains at IMG.  To prepare for the NFL combine this week in Indianapolis, three high-profile quarterbacks travelled south to Bradenton to work with Weinke.

Michigan State's Kirk Cousins, Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M, and Russell Wilson, who started three seasons at North Carolina State before leading Wisconsin to a Big 10 championship in his one season there, are Weinke's star pupils.

"Working with Chris Weinke and being here at IMG has been perfect," Wilson said.

"Coach Weinke is so good about cleaning up our mechanics and helping us be smooth and taking the hitches out of our delivery," Tannehill said. "He's just so good at seeing things and telling us how to correct it "

Along with his standout Seminole career, Weinke spent seven seasons in the NFL.  Taking the reigns at IMG was a natural fit.

"There are some days where I'm on the field at 8 a.m. and don't get off the field until 6 p.m.," Weinke said. "But that's what I signed up for. I love teaching guys the quarterback position."

Combined with the top-notch facilities, Weinke leads a qualified group of coaches who are preparing more than 20 NFL hopefuls.  Weinke is quickly becoming a quarterback guru.

"I was built to be a football coach," Weinke said. "It's about helping these guys and creating an opportunity for these guys to have success."


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