LSU doesn’t make a viral sensation out of awarding scholarships to walk-ons.
There are no big ceremonies, no videos of the occasion. Les Miles doesn’t even confirm publicly when a walk-on gets one.
But that didn’t lessen the moment for fullback John David Moore when he got his.
“Coach Miles wanted to respect all the other walk-ons because they only have a limited amount of scholarships,” Moore said. “It was a big moment for me, and he just graciously told me in his office. I respect the way he chose to do that.”
Moore received the news last week before one of the team’s scrimmages. He’s one of at least two former walk-ons to receive a scholarship this fall — kicker/punter Trent Domingue was the other.
Moore walked on at LSU before the start of the 2013 season. He came as a tight end, but the coaches moved him to fullback last year. He played in eight games with no starts, but he enters 2015 as the Tigers’ No. 1 fullback.
He’s also a near-perfect student in LSU’s School of Architecture by the way.
Now he can add “football scholarship” to his list of accomplishments.
“It’s a culmination of all that any walk-on would hope for, dream for coming to LSU,” Moore said. “It’s been a blessing to be put on scholarship. I’m so thankful because I know there are a lot of other guys, a lot of my friends that I walked on with that haven’t had that opportunity.”
Several fullbacks before him have had similar opportunities. Guys like James Stampley and Connor Neighbors followed the same path from walk-on to scholarship fullback. Moore recognizes the trend and is happy to follow in their footsteps.
He also said it’s a reflection on LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson, who was equally thrilled with the news of Moore’s scholarship.
“He treats us all like his own sons,” Moore said. “I could tell he was very proud. I’m proud to have him proud of me.”
LSU FB John David Moore receives scholarship
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