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Butch Jones surprises walk-on TE Alex Ellis with a special bowl gift

Christmas came early for Tennessee walk-on Alex Ellis this week. The redshirt junior received a special bowl gift from Vols’ head coach Butch Jones on Monday -- a scholarship.

“I’ve been dreaming about this every day of my life,” Ellis said after he opened it.

Ellis has played in all 12 games this season for the Volunteers. He has six catches for 115 yards, and he scored a 31-yard touchdown on a fake field goal against Missouri on Nov. 22. He made his first career start the week before against Kentucky.

His teammates and fellow coaches were just as excited, giving Ellis a standing ovation when he unwrapped the present and unveiled the scholarship.