College football: This Minnesota walk-on’s scholarship surprise is awesome
Every time a walk-on is awarded a scholarship, it's an incredibly special moment for those involved – the player, the player's family and the team members who are in on the secret ahead of the big reveal. The Minnesota football team and new head coach P.J. Fleck may have topped every previous walk-on scholarship presentation by involving a Gophers fan from a local children's hospital, a hydraulic t-shirt cannon, and a custom-made t-shirt.
Kicker Justin Juenemann has never appeared in a game for Minnesota, but he's now a scholarship player.
Fleck tweeted the video of the moment on Wednesday:
Fleck shared some incredible words about Juenemann with his team: "I've never seen anybody serve and give more than that guy, who is not a star player, who hasn't played where his face is recognizable. He could easily just not do it and nobody would ever say anything and all he does is continue to keep his oar in his water, continue to live that holistic life, academically, athletically, socially and spiritually."
Thank you Coach Fleck, Kyle, and everyone who was involved in setting this up. This was truly an experience I will never forget! https://t.co/R5LgzjITOJ— Justin Juenemann (@JustinJuenemann) August 10, 2017
Congratulations to Juenemann on his scholarship, and to any head coach who's planning on awarding a scholarship to a walk-on: the bar has been set.