ATHENS — It has already been established that Charlie Woerner is a unique athlete. That kind of goes without saying when one is 6-foot-5, weighs 245 pounds and signs a D-I scholarship as a wide receiver.
But the 2016 Georgia football signee offered further evidence via video on Saturday. Or rather, his older brother Allen did. Woerner was just “messing around” during track practice Friday at Rabun County High School when he started doing stand-in-place back flips. Dutifully, his brother decided to record it to share with the Bulldog Nation.
“He did a few and I figured to get one on camera,” Allen said in an email exchange. “I told him we’ll send it in like Mecole Hardman posted on his Instagram of that one-arm snatch.”
Allen said his little brother has been doing standing backflips but “hasn’t done them in a while,” and not since he’d grown to 245 pounds.
Woerner’s recent track exploits are more evidence of his special gifts. He set a school record recently by winning the region championship and qualifying for state in both the shot put and discus. In the same region meet, he finished third in the 100 meters, and that’s while still dealing with a gluteus medius muscle injury he suffered during football season.
Woerner is the subject of this week’s installment of the ongoing “Next Generation” series, running every Wednesday morning on DawgNation.com. Among the revelations therein, he expects to play tight end when he joins the Bulldogs next month, but in sort of a hybrid/flex role.
If it goes as planned, that should have offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and Bulldogs fans doing back flips.