Despite the emotional surge, Weibert has had tremendous success when he takes the field. So much so, last week, he was placed on the Rimington Award watch list, an NCAA Division I college football award that goes to the most outstanding center.
It took several days for Weibert to realize he made the list. In fact, he heard the news from his mother, Brenda Brown.
“I had no idea what she was talking about,” Weibert said. “So I got on the Internet and checked it out. I?had to do the most vain thing you can do—I had to Google my own name.”
The extra attention has generated extra motivation for the second-year Wildcat starter.
“It’s motivated me to open my eyes and say, ‘This is the kind of season I?could potentially have, or should have this year.’
“It’s definitely pushed me,” he added. “Every day I go out there and when things start getting tougher—I?start getting hard looks from the defense and all that, and I’m trying to make my calls and sort things out—it makes me do it and pay really close attention to it.”
Weibert is still learning the center position after spending two years as a guard at Butler Community College and redshirting at K-State under Ron Prince in 2008-09.
Once Bill Snyder returned to Manhattan, Weibert started seeing time at both positions.
“I was flipped-flopped back and forth all spring (2009) and throughout camps,” Weibert said. “The transition wasn’t too terribly bad because I?learned the system starting as a center.”
Another welcome adjustment for Weibert was playing for Snyder after Prince was terminated.
“It’s a lot tighter ship,” said Weibert. “It’s a lot more disciplined, a lot tighter. It’s as completely different as night and day.
“It feels really good, though,” he added. “You know exactly what you’re up against every day. It’s very consistent.”
As a freshman at Butler, Weibert did not make the Grizzly starting lineup. The experience was a little frustrating for the developing lineman, but also educational.
“Going to Butler and being a backup, it was a big-time learning experience,” Weibert said.
“Suddenly, going into my first spring there I talked to my first D-1 coach. It was so surreal because I never got that opportunity in high school, and I always wanted that opportunity.”
Weibert started at guard his sophomore season, helping the Grizzlies to a 12-0 season, a Jayhawk Conference and Region VI?title and a NJCAA?national co-championship.
“Suddenly, I’m starting on Butler’s O-line and we’re winning games and we kept winning games and moving up the national rankings,” Weibert said.
Going into his senior season at KSU, Weibert said his college experience has been enjoyable. But with a year left of collegiate play, he was focused on beating UCLA last week.
“We’re playing way better football than we did all year last year,” he said. “This first game is going to give us an opportunity to put that on the field and show what we can do.”
The Wildcats prevailed against the Bruins, 31-22, with Kansas State rolling up 312 yards on the ground.
Hillsboro High School and Butler product Lucas Hamm also played in the game as a fullback. He blocked for standout Wildcat running back Daniel Thomas for K-State’s first touchdown on the game.