There is so much negative stuff going on in college football these days, from players getting kicked off teams for drugs to carrying around weapons with serial numbers scratched off without a permit. So isn’t it refreshing to hear a good story every now and then?

We saw the video of walk-on FB Marc Panu from Vanderbilt being awarded a scholarship. It was incredible. And Nick Saban picked up where James Franklin left off and awarded senior walk-on long snapper Carson Tinker with a scholarship.

“We’re very excited that we’re able to award a guy that has been such a positive influence in so many ways,” Saban said. “Personally, academically and athletically in our program.”

Saban called Tinker in his office for a one-on-one meeting, with Tinker not thinking a scholarship was on the agenda. He has seen much in his short time in Tuscaloosa. And he’ll never forget that meeting between he and Saban.

He even gave Saban a hug.

“I think that made him feel a little awkward,” Tinker said.

Tinker’s story, and his devastating experience with the EF-4 tornado that ended lives and ripped others apart on April 27, 2011, has been well documented. It was a sucker punch to the soul of the entire country, not just Tuscaloosa.

Tinker’s girlfriend, Ashley Harrison, was tragically killed in the devastating disaster.

Tinker has made it a point make a positive influence on the community in the disaster’s aftermath, though.

“It really is inspiring to see the impact I can have on people outside football,” Tinker said. “I’ve said this a long time ago and it’s been my mantra: to be a blessing to people. That’s something I try to do every day.”

This is an inspirational story that should be made known to everyone.

From all of us at SDS, congrats Carson.