Walk-Ons Receive Scholarships

Texas coach Mack Brown announced that two walk-on players — sophomore defensive back and deep snapper Nate Boyer and junior wide receiver and holder Cade McCrary — have been given scholarships for the 2012 season.

Boyer has previously earned headlines for making the Longhorn football team as a 29-year-old true freshman walk-on, despite never playing high school football (his school didn't have a team). His route was a little bit different: he was working on a California fishing boat when 9-11 hit, and inspired him to join the Army Special Forces.

He became a Green Beret, and ultimately, a war hero, earning a bronze star in Iraq.

McCrary took a more conventional route to Austin. His father, Hardee McCrary, was a defensive ends coach at Texas from 1998-2004, and Cade starred just down the road at Lake Travis, catching 84 passes for 1,800 yards and 28 touchdowns from former Longhorn quarterback Garrett Gilbert as a senior. After winning two consecutive state championships together, the two arrived in Austin in 2009. McCrary redshirted that first year, but has played in all 25 games since, serving as the team's holder.

Of course, he was the holder on last year's most famous kick, getting the ball down for Justin Tucker's game-winning kick at Texas A&M.


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