It’s always heartwarming to see walk-on college football players get awarded scholarships. That recently happened for 4 LSU student-athletes.

Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron announced during his weekly radio show on Wednesday night that Jack Mashburn, Evan Francioni, Nick Demas and Spencer Payne have all become scholarship players. It’s a great gesture, one that Orgeron said that he always enjoys.

“We are very proud of those young men,” Orgeron said on the show. “The team went crazy. I wish I could have rewarded all of them scholarships, but we couldn’t do it. Those guys are very worthy and I know their parents are proud. …

“It’s something they can always tell their children, ‘I walked on at LSU and I earned a scholarship. I was a scholarship football player at LSU.’ That’s something that takes hard work and dedication, and it takes a commitment from the parents and the players and I’m so happy that we could do it.”

Mashburn is a redshirt sophomore tight end who has appeared in 8 games this season. He notched his first career reception — a 7-yard catch — in LSU’s win against Florida on Oct. 16.

Francioni is a junior wide receiver who has played 8 games this season, mostly on special teams.

Demas is a redshirt freshman running back who has appeared in 6 games this season.

Payne is a freshman offensive lineman who hasĀ appeared in 6 games this season.

Now that these 4 are all scholarship players, they’ll look to continue to help LSU succeed. The Tigers have a bye this week, but they’ll return to action with a road matchup against No. 3 Alabama on Nov. 6.

Correction: The article has been updated to properly reflect Payne’s participation in 6 games this season.

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