Few moments in college sports are more heartwarming than the granting of scholarships to walk-ons. There is something inspirational about seeing others rewarded for their hard work, especially in football, where often undersized, overlooked players see their labor pay off through the form of a free year of education.
NC State gave us one of those feel-good moments Wednesday after practice, as Dave Doeren called redshirt sophomore receivers Gavin Locklear and Ben Grazen up to the front of the team, praising the duo for what they bring to the table.
He ended the brief speech by saying: "That's why they're on scholarship."
The reaction from Wolfpack teammates was predictably emotional. Kudos to Doeren and the program on the gesture.