UWF adds depth at running back with addition of Pace grad Weimerskirch

Editor’s note: This article was written as a part of The Voyager’s print newspaper project, but was unable to make the Spring edition due to space constraints. 

By Will Rasmussen
Staff writer

After three weeks of spring practice, the University of West Florida’s head football coach Pete Shinnick has had very little to say regarding the progress of his football team. That is expected, as spring ball is usually a time to see how much depth you have to work with before fall camp.

Aside from the second-string quarterback battle, there has not been a huge storyline this spring. However, the depth at the running back position could be a major asset to the Argos come this fall.

Chris Schwartz (858 rushing yards, 8 touchdowns) returns after a stellar sophomore campaign and sophomore Anthony Johnson (427 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) will be back after a promising rookie year.

With that kind of production, UWF is in pretty good shape in the backfield, but the stable of running backs doesn’t end there. As the Pensacola News Journal first reported two weeks ago, the Argos could add another stud to their roster in the fall.

Former Pace High star-studded running back Quaide Weimerskirch announced on Twitter March 29 that he intends to transfer to UWF after finishing his degree at Georgia Tech this spring.

“Following graduation, I will be heading back down to Florida to further my academic and athletic career at the University of West Florida,” Weimerskirch said via Twitter. “I will be striving to help my hometown team win its first ever National Championship.”

For locals, the name should ring a bell, as Weimerskirch was Pace High School’s all-time leading rusher after gaining more than 6,000 yards of total offense (4,685 rushing yards) and 58 touchdowns.

Funny enough, that record would eventually be broken by none other than UWF’s Johnson (4,806 rushing yards) who Weimerskirch will have to share the backfield with in the fall. While the Argos are already loaded with talent at the halfback position, Weimerskirch could play a pivotal role on offense.

Georgia Tech runs a triple-option flexbone offense that thrives off of the production of the B-back, the position that Weimerskirch anchored down during his tenure in Atlanta. The B-back is essentially a full-back with the main purpose of chip blocking the first defender he sees in order to give the quarterback time to sell the fake handoff.

Once the B-back releases the defender, he can then work laterally looking for the football as a receiver. This type of offense may or may not be something that Shinnick wants to install, but it has worked wonders for Paul Johnson and the Yellow Jackets.

Regardless, with the addition of Weimerskirch in the offense, we could see some more play-action plays installed into the playbook in August. Whatever Shinnick decides to do, Weimerskirch certainly has a lot of flexibility as a fullback or a running back.

During his career at Georgia Tech, Weimerskirch rushed for 70 yards and one touchdown, in two seasons in Atlanta. After graduating with a degree business operations and supply chain management, Weimerskirch will pursue a second bachelor’s degree in construction management from West Florida.  He will have two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

The UWF coaching staff has yet to officially confirm Weimerskirch’s transfer; however, both the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Pensacola News Journal first reported information on Weimerskirch joining the UWF football program.

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