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Although Joseph “J.P.” Weaver (’07) was a successful linebacker on his high school team, recruiters told him that his height (5-foot-9-inches) put him at a disadvantage for playing college football. But the coaches at Gardner-Webb University in 2003—head coach Steve Patton and his assistants, Travis Cunningham and Phil Jones—saw his determination and gave him a chance to join the Runnin’ Bulldogs defense. “It was a great opportunity for me,” Weaver declared. “It drove me to work much harder, because I was always told I couldn’t play that position at the next level. Gardner-Webb was a great fit for me.”
All Presidential Honors, defense, Down Under Sports Track and Field Competition, Dr. Robert Munoz, football, Gold Coast of Australlia, gold medal, GWU Runnin' Bulldogs, Joseph (J.P.) Weaver, linebacker, Linebacker of the Year, Phil Jones, School of Psychology and Counseling, Sharpsburg (Ga.) coach, Special Teams Player of the Year, Steve Patton, track and field, Travis Cunningham, Trinity Christian School
Office of University Communications, "Gardner-Webb Alumnus Coaches for Team USA in Australian Track and Field Event" (2018). Gardner-Webb NewsCenter Archive. 351.