Former Florida State standout quarterback Chris Weinke, who led the Seminoles to the 1999 national championship and then won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 2000, clearly knows something about having a big-time team around him.
Now, in his role as the director of the IMG Academy football program, he and his boss, John Madden, have assembled a stellar cast of coaches and instructors for the Kickoff Weekend June 4-6 at the Bradenton facility. It includes:
John Robinson, the former coach at USC and the Los Angeles Rams, as the head coach for the youth camp; Terry Shea, the personal quarterback coach for Brady Quinn, Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford and the Bucs' Josh Freeman as they prepared for the NFL draft; Steve Hagan, current tight-ends coach for the Cleveland Browns; Jim Hanifan, the ultra-successful offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins and St. Louis Rams; seven-year NFL lineman, Tom Nutten; former NFL defensive back, Michael Hawthorne; former Miami star linebacker Dan Morgan (a teammate of Weinke's in Carolina); Tom Pratt, a longtime NFL defensive line coach who helped Bucs' first-round pick Gerald McCoy get ready for the draft; and former Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica.
Registration for the camp is now being accepted and to ensure the best training environment, there's a limited number of spots at each position. For instance, 20 high school quarterbacks and 10 youth quarterbacks.
For more information, visit www.imgacademy.com/madden-football-academy