One of the most awesome moments of sports is a walk-on earning a scholarship. Three Razorbacks were blessed to make their own special memory recently.
Arkansas awarded scholarships to redshirt sophomore linebacker Grant Morgan, junior kicker Connor Limpert and redshirt sophomore nickel D’Vone McClure, according to 247Sports.
The trio will take the field on Saturday vs. Eastern Illinois with the distinction of being the embodiment of the culture that the Razorbacks are attempting to cultivate under new leadership.
First-year Arkansas head coach Chad Morris informed the players after practice through a hypothetical situation involving Morgan snapping the ball, McClure holding it and Limpert kicking it to illustrate ‘You have to be ready for anything,’. Morris then proudly told the players they were placed on full scholarship.
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Morgan is regarded as the top backup linebacker on the interior and played in every game last season, totaling 38 tackles, 3.5 from behind the line of scrimmage.
“There’s no confidence level drop, like no drop in confidence. I think we have just as much confidence with the second guys as we do with the first. Scoota and Dre, they’re a different breed because they’ve been in it so long, but with me I’ve had SEC experience,” Morgan said to 247Sports.
Limpert is the Razorbacks’ starting kicker. Last season, Limpert went 8 of 9 on field goal attempts and booted the game-winner in a 38-37 victory at Ole Miss.
McClure is currently Arkansas’ starting nickel in the 4-2-5 alignment.
The 24-year-old McClure spent four years as a minor league baseball player in the Cleveland Indians organization. McClure arrived at Arkansas as a wide receiver in 2016 as a wide receiver, quit football in 2017 to focus on schoolwork but returned when Morris got the head coaching job and the opportunity became available to play on defense.
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