Chris Weinke earning praise from Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt

Between the end of his playing career in the NFL and beginning as a high school football coach at IMG Academy, former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke was a vice president at Triton Financial.

But the call to football was too strong for the former Heisman Trophy winner and he’s continued climbing the coaching ladder, now working as the running backs coach at Tennessee. And despite some early confusion over whether he’d actually join the staff at all, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt is singing Weinke’s praises.

In particular, Pruitt sees enormous value in his ability to connect with players because of his experience playing at the highest levels.

“I think it’s going to be good for our guys to have a guy like Chris,” Pruitt said according to Mike Griffith of SECCountry.com. “He has been there and done that and done it at the highest level.”

And while Weinke has previously coached running backs at any point, Pruitt doesn’t sound like he’s getting hung up on the title.

To me, a guy that’s a football coach is a football coach,” Pruitt said. “I think a running back has to look at the game through the eyes of a quarterback, (because) it starts with protection.”

And that certainly makes sense because so much of carrying the football is instinct while other subtle nuances of the position are about technique. That’s where Weinke should be able to give them something your average running backs coach might not, by allowing them to see pass sets through the eyes of the quarterback and helping out accordingly.

It should make them both better pass protectors and receivers out of the backfield. And those will both be critical elements of offensive coordinator Tyson Helton’s offense.

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