Florida State legend Chris Weinke lands coaching role with Tennessee

Florida State legend and Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke appears to have a new job at the University of Tennessee after spending the 2017 season as an offensive analyst for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

According to a report from Patrick Brown of GoVols247, Weinke has been hired to fill the running backs coach vacancy left when Robert Gillespie announced his intentions to leave the program earlier in the week.

Weinke and new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt worked together at Alabama last season. Prior to that, Weinke spent two seasons as the quarterbacks coach for the Los Angeles Rams and five seasons as the head coach at IMG Academy.

As a player, Weinke led Florida State to a national championship and also became the oldest player to ever win the Heisman Trophy in 2000. Before signing with Florida State in 1997, he had spent six seasons in the Toronto Blue Jays organization as a professional baseball player, rising to Triple-A before deciding to move back to football.

He’d go on to be selected in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He started 15 games as a rookie, winning just a single game in those starts and throwing 11 touchdowns against 19 interceptions.

Weinke would go on to play in parts of five seasons, starting five more games. After retiring, he worked for a financial company prior to going into coaching.

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