This time of year is often emotional for college football programs as dedicated players learn unforgettable news about a scholarship for the upcoming season.
Ole Miss coach Matt Luke did his best to unveil the news in a way that also fired up his team. The coach setup a one-on-one drill in which wide receiver Floyd Allen caught a pass for a touchdown at the goal line, and was given a duffel bag. Inside the bag was a piece of paper that announced he was on scholarship, much to the delight of his teammates
Allen has drawn praise this preseason by playing well with the first- and second-team units while A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge were out with injuries. Luke also praised Allen’s willingness to change his number in order to be on the field on special teams.
“Coach, I want to get on the bus, I don’t care what my number is, change it'” Luke recalled Allen telling him. “That’s unselfish.”
Allen is a senior from Houston, Texas and played in six games last season, all on special teams.
“It’s about being unselfish, it’s about being a family,” Luke said. “Special players can win any game, but a great team can win every game.”
I really wanna thank @CoachMattLuke @NastyWideOuts and the rest of the coaching staff at @OleMissFB for not only putting me on scholarship ,but also blessing me with an opportunity to play for y’all ! I am truly thankful 🙏🏾
— Floyd Allen (@LegendaryGrind) August 22, 2018
“It’s about being unselfish. It’s about being a family.”
— Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) August 22, 2018