Former Heisman Trophy winner Chris Weinke, who served as an offensive analyst for the University of Alabama football team this past season, is reportedly following former defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt to Tennessee.
According to GoVols247, Weinke will fill the open spot created by the departure of running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who left the program on Tuesday.
At the age of 28, Weinke was the oldest player ever to win the Heisman after first trying professional baseball out of high school. He finished his Florida State career with a 32–3 record and also won the Johnny Unitas Award and Davey O’Brien Award in 2000.
In 2010, he became the director of the IMG Football Academy in Bradenton, Florida, and coached the team for five seasons before spending two seasons with the NFL’s St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams as their quarterbacks coach.
“We’ve always had a lot of respect for Chris Weinke,” Nick Saban said last March after hiring Weinke. “The guy was a great player. He played a long time in the league. He’s very knowledgeable. He’s very smart. He was a great high school coach at IMG. He went to the NFL and got a couple good years of experience in the NFL. So we thought he’d bring some knowledge and experience and certainty be helpful to us off the field and helping us with game plan.”
One of the players Weinke coached at IMG was Alabama running back Bo Scarbrough, who is forging his senior year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.
“When I was in my last year down there at IMG he told me ‘I guarantee you in two years I’ll be with an NFL team or a college team.’ In two years, he was with the Rams,” Scarbrough said last year.
“It wasn’t shocking to me. I was just happy to have him here.”
Pruitt had previously hired Alabama assistant director of personnel operations Brian Niedermeyer to be his tight ends coach, and former Crimson Tide assistant Chris Rumph as Co-defensive coordinator/outside linebackers coach.
Gillespie was the lone coaching holdover from the Butch Jones staff.
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