Hawaii has a couple more days until the team kicks off the college football season against California in Sydney, Australia, but it's already been a memorable trip for the Rainbow Warriors' Ryan Tuiasoa.
The redshirt junior running back, who came to the program as a walk-on, was surprised with a scholarship during the team's visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Watch RB Ryan Tuiasoa get more than just a close-up of a koala at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, he received a scholarship! pic.twitter.com/b6Y9zf0gLN— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) August 25, 2016
Right after getting up close and personal with one of the zoo's koalas and posing for a picture, Tuiasoa was handed a piece of paper by one of the facility's workers. Caught off guard, Tuiasoa read the paper out loud as his teammates and him celebrated the scholarship announcement.
Making the moment even more special, the video shows Tuiasoa telling his family, who was on hand, the news as they shared hugs.
That's one way to get a little extra motivation heading into the new season.