At the end of practice on Friday afternoon, Florida head football coach Will Muschamp brought the team together to make an announcement: that two walk-ons had earned scholarships. According to Muschamp, redshirt senior kicker Frankie Velez and redshirt junoir wide receiver Michael McNeely “earned the right to a scholarship” and will both contribute to the team in 2014.
Everything about the video — from Muschamp talking up the two players, to McNeely looking like he’s about to break out in tears while he’s being interviewed, to Velez’s great story about being told he was told he’d have a one percent chance of playing when he first walked on — is absolutely awesome. After the announcement, Velez took to Twitter, and was predictably excited.
Best day of my life!
— Frankie Velez (@F_Velez95) August 22, 2014
We’ll see how much the two contribute when the Gators kick off their 2014 season on Aug. 30, when the team hosts Idaho.