When a walk-on college player receives a scholarship to stay on the team, it's a landmark achievement that validates a difficult road of hard work and long odds. It goes without saying that the moment a coach gets to give the good news to the player is an exciting one, which is why Jim McElwain of the Florida Gators made sure to turn it into quite the spectacle for six walk-ons last year.
This year, it's Duke coach David Cutcliffe with the clever reveal — similar to McElwain, he held the announcement during a routine team meeting, but added the wrinkle of an "unexpected" phone call from walk-on defensive end Danny Doyle's parents. Waving Doyle up to the front to take the call, Cutcliffe passed the phone over and let the 20-year-old's mom and dad inform him he had received a scholarship.
As a smile crept over Doyle's face, the room appropriately erupted in cheers and his teammates swarmed him.