National Signing Day scores 16 new players for UWF

By Spenser Garber

Contributing Writer

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The Argos’ football uniform was on display at Signing Day on Wednesday.
Photo by Spenser Garber.

On National Signing Day, the University of West Florida football team grew by 16 players: Ten defensive players, five offensive players, and one special teams player were added. Of the 16 new players, 14 are from Florida.

The 16 signees were joined by the eight mid-year transfers who enrolled in January and are currently practicing with the team. Among these transfers are three wide receivers, consorting with the three wide receivers that signed on Feb. 3. Two quarterbacks were added to the team: a college transfer from Valdosta State, and the other from University Christian High School in Jacksonville. Chris Schwarz, a running back from New Port Richey, ran for more than 5,000 yards in his past two seasons for River Ridge High School.

On the defensive side, three linemen and two defensive backs were signed. Head Coach Pete Shinnick said he is confident in their athleticism.

Ke’shawn Showers, a local linebacker from Pine Forest High School, signed on to the team. He made 13 starts as a captain while on the team and led the Eagles to a District 1-6A title.

“We feel like we have added a great group of young men,” Shinnick said. He said he is enthusiastic and optimistic about how the team will play in the fall in what he describes as “the toughest football conference in the country.”

These additions to the team will boost the roster to a projected 115 players, including a few walk-ons the coach said he expects over the next few months. According to Shinnick, about 70 of these players will be red-shirt freshmen.

The UWF football team will commence its inaugural season Saturday, Sept. 3, at Ave Maria University. Their first home game will be hosted at Wahoos Bayfront Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 10, against Missouri S&T University.

Maritime Park will serve as UWF’s home field until the completion of its stadium on the UWF campus.