Let this video of Butch Jones awarding tight end Alex Ellis a scholarship take you into the holiday week. In a new tradition — at least new to the public — coaches have been creating elaborate ways to give scholarship letters to walk on athletes. To those who do not know, walk-on athletes join the football team, but still have to pay for everything: books, food, tuition and more. And every year, coaching staffs award a few scholarships to the most deserving walk-ons.

It is great to see Coach Jones use the holidays as a means to give the information: forcing Ellis to unwrap a gift in front of the whole team. It is obviously a very emotional event for the tight end, with his hard work over the years finally paying off: and it is nice to see this multi-million dollar sports programs rewarding and acknowledging the hard work.

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