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August 22, 2013This season Tony Pierson moved from running back to the F position. Pierson said he switches back from the receivers room to the running back room. With the new position Pierson was asked where he goes for advice.
"Charlie Weis Junior," he said.
The younger Weis is a student manager on the football team. Growing up one of his favorite players was Kevin Faulk, a third-down back for the New England Patriots. So Weis Jr. has taken a strong interest in the new position in this year's offense.
That doesn't mean the job is easy. Technically he isn't a coach and he can't coach. That part can be difficult for a young man with his knowledge of the offense knowing he can't get over involved.
"I can't be a coach since I am a manager," Weis Jr. said. "I just try to be a resource. My knowledge of the offense is something the players thought they could use since I am a peer to them. A coach may strike some fear in their ears. So they can come up to me and ask can you give me the answer to a question. It is very easy for me to give them an answer."
His knowledge of the offense has been built up over the years. He remembers talking offense with his dad when he was eight years old.
Between his role as a manager and going to school Weis may put in more hours than any of the full-time staff members. He's a junior and has found a way to juggle his football responsibilities.
In his first two years at Kansas he's maintained a 4.0 GPA. The double duty isn't always an easy job.
"It's tough," he said. "There is a lot of time you have to commit. But you are either all in or all out. You can't do it halfway. You have to dive right in. I went right into it and have been committed. I'm doing it to the best of my ability. From now on there is no turning back."
The opportunities have already been thrown out to him. Before he arrived in Lawrence Weis Jr. was offered a quality control position in the NFL. But dad shot that down right away. The plan all along was to get through college and take it from there.
"I'm sure God has a plan for me," Weis Jr. said. "Whatever that may be I will just go with it. I definitely believe it will be in the football industry. Maybe it is here or somewhere else. Whatever he chooses that's where I will go."
The coaching profession comes with ups and downs. At a young age Weis Jr. has experienced all of them from winning to losing to changing addresses frequently. He's had the chance to experience what the job can to from the good to the bad.
"One thing you learn is you have to have a good family balance with all of the changes and moving," Weis Jr. said. "You really learn about adversity in those times. Not everything goes perfect in life no matter the profession. You just have to overcome it. Being with my dad and the things we have gone through as a family you learn a lot and grow as a person."
With double-digit daily work hours Weis Jr. said he doesn't get out a lot. He hasn't seen a lot of the social scene since moving to Lawrence. It has helped having close friends like wide receiver Tre Parmalee and long snapper Reilly Jeffers. Sometime in the near future he expects his mother, Maura, to move to Lawrence.
"I'm looking forward to my mom moving out here soon," he said. "My dad is one of my best friends. It has been comfortable having some of my other friends here. Lawrence is a great place. It has been an incredible experience so far."