Minnesota defensive end Sam Renner got a big surprise during Thursday night’s spring game.
Renner, a walk-on, got a scholarship during the game. Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck stopped the game to award Renner a scholarship in front of the entire team and fans watching the game. Pretty cool.
Why we love spring football today: @Coach_Fleck paused Thursday's spring game to give walk-on defensive end Sam Renner a scholarship.
Sam then got to soak in the moment with teammates and fans: pic.twitter.com/HcELbpRL8K
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 12, 2018
Fleck’s one of the most creative coaches when it comes to giving walk-ons scholarships. A year ago, Blake Cashman got a scholarship in an Easter Egg hunt. And then over the summer, a walk-on got a scholarship via a t-shirt cannon. You may think Fleck’s antics are a little over the top sometimes, but we’re here for him to continue to give walk-on players scholarships in fun ways.
Renner, a Minnesota native, played on special teams in 2017 and will be a redshirt junior in 2018. The spring game was played Thursday night because inclement weather is forecast in Minneapolis for Saturday.
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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.
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