Faerber Left Speechless

With the departure of Adrian Kindred, the Tigers had an extra scholarship to give, and much to the delight of nearly everyone, junior wide receiver Nelson Faerber was the recipient.

However, Faerber never saw it coming.

"I was speechless, to say the least," he said. "It was a nice surprise. It was also nice to get a round of applause from my teammates. It's not easy to come into a program like this with no respect and earn respect from everybody around you. It was pretty exciting for me."

Faerber learned of his new scholarship about 3:30 p.m., in a team meeting. He didn't have a chance to tell his folks in person the good news, so he quickly sent his father a text message.

"I texted him just before practice because I wanted him to know that I just saved him $20,000," Faerber said. "I know that he's pretty excited."

Faerber, who was recruited by Air Force and Navy, said he just kept working hard and hoped that eventually all the sweat would pay off.

"I was never really discouraged, but it's hard being a walk-on," he said. "There were no promises made. But (receivers coach Dabo Swinney) told me that if I worked hard, he thought I could get one by my senior year or even my freshman year. … I was hoping to maybe get a scholarship next year, instead of this year."

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