Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy coach Chris Weinke has nothing but high praise for prized pupil Michael O'Connor, who committed to Penn State over the weekend.
O'Connor is an instinctive and mature leader who can drop back as well as any recruit in the country and throw well on the run, Weinke said. He also comes from a pro-style offense that closely resembles what coach Bill O'Brien has installed at Penn State.
The day after QB Tim Tebow was released by the New York Jets, the former Heisman Trophy winning QB (2007) traveled to IMG Academy to work with another former Heisman Trophy winner (2000), Chris Weinke, IMG Academy's Director of Football. Weinke has been working with Tebow over the course of the past month to tweak the former first rounder's mechanics and footwork to increase his velocity and accuracy.
Following the conclusion of IMG Academy’s inaugural spring practice, QB Michael O’Connor has decided to make his college decision prior to starting his senior year. O’Connor plans to join the Penn State Nittany Lions in 2014.
IMG Academy celebrated graduation of 146 seniors representing 42 nations on June 6, 2013.
Green joins the IMG Academy football program staff after having spent the last year coaching wide receivers at American Heritage-Plantation, he previously coached and coordinated the offense at Freedom High School. He played college football under Bobby Bowden at Florida State University from ‘93-’97 leaving Florida State as the all-time leader in receiving touchdowns (29) and total points (182). During his 4 years as a Seminole they went 56-6-1.
On Tuesday, in a special ceremony, IMG Academy dedicated its Center for Personal Development to the late, legendary coach John Wooden. The facility will be known as the John R. Wooden Center for Character & Leadership, and will continue to provide education and training to student-athletes in areas like leadership and mental toughness.
On Thursday, May 23, IMG Academy commemorated 168 of its student-athletes who committed to the colleges of their choice at a special ceremony at the State College of Florida’s Neel Performing Arts Center.