Following Thursday’s practice coach Lane Kiffin placed Weber, a walk-on from Parkland-Douglas on scholarship.
“It’s crazy,” Weber said. “It’s like a lot of stress relief with money and all that stuff. So now I can really just focus on football and school at all times.”
As he’s done in the past, Kiffin did his best to make an elaborate show of the scholarship award.
With the entire team huddled together following practice, Kiffin called out Weber by name for alleged poor play before turning the tables and announcing the award.
“I didn’t even jump offside, so I was like, hmm,” Weber said. “But I just went with it anyway.”
Players howled in support before mobbing Weber, who had an inkling after his summer evaluation that a scholarship could be awarded but didn’t know when it would come.
“But it was a surprise today,” Weber said. “It’s great.”
Slated to the the Owls starting right tackle this season, Weber split time with Florida transfer Antonio Riles last year, seeming to grab the starting edge at the end of the season.
FAU signed JUCO lineman Lavante Epson to it’s 2019 recruiting class, but Epson elected to transfer after he couldn’t beat out Weber for the starting spot during the spring.
Weber pledges that earning a scholarship won’t prompt him to relax his work ethic.
“I think exactly the opposite,” Weber said. “Now you have a whole university invested in you. Now they are actually really counting on you to perform. I think it’s even more pressure – which I like.”