Walk-on Herndon earns scholarship at Florida
Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Former Ocala Forest running back Mark Herndon says he's not usually an emotional guy and is rarely moved to tears.
But Herndon said he couldn't help himself Tuesday. The walk-on burst into tears when Florida coach Will Muschamp announced in front of the team after practice that Herndon had been awarded a scholarship.
“When I first got here, Coach Muschamp told me it's two years until you get a scholarship,” said Herndon, a sophomore. “I wasn't expecting it. It threw me way off. It was like a dream. My mouth just dropped.
“It brought tears to my eyes. (Running backs) coach (Brian) White cried with me. That was big. It makes me feel like he really cares about us. I can feel that. It was just really emotional for me.
“I usually don't cry, but that was enough to do it.”
Fifth-year senior defensive back Tim Clark, who is from Branford, also was awarded a scholarship Tuesday. Clark, a walk-on, was also put on scholarship the past two seasons.
“It's just a surprise and a blessing,” he said. “When I decided to come back for my fifth year, I was hoping they would renew it. Coach Muschamp talked about how he was a walk-on at Georgia and this really brings him a lot of pleasure.”
Clark said he was happy for Herndon, a close friend on the team.
“There is no one more deserving than Mark,” Clark said. “He's a great kid, a humble kid, a God-honoring kid. No one deserves it more than Mark.”