Another day, another video of college football walk-ons learning that they are receiving full scholarships becomes public.
This time, the honors go to Houston Cougars senior tight end Hayden Daniels and senior cornerback Tyler White. The two were called out by first-year head coach Tom Herman in a video where the former Ohio State offensive coordinator calling out walk-ons who hadn’t had certain holds lifted by the university, stressing a lack of urgency among them.
At the end of it all, he presents both young men with full scholarships and the team mobs them accordingly.
Daniels appeared in just four games for the team last year, while White appeared in all 13 and had 12 tackles. White also fielded an important onside kick that sealed Houston’s win over Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl.
Both men clearly worked hard enough during the offseason to finally earn their scholarships, and both can now breathe a sigh of relief. The life of a walk-on is tough, from having to balance a full course load with practices, games and training regimens without having any of the same perks as a scholarship athlete. It’s a thankless position, but Herman clearly saw something in these two to put them on full scholarship so that their roles with the Cougars may expand beyond just depth guys.
Houston opens the season at home against Tennessee Tech on September 5.