Sophmore walk-on running back Kyle Evans is now on scholarship with the University of Colorado after a surprise announcement at Monday morning’s practice.

The cool part, though, was how it was done.

Head coach Mike MacIntyre called the sophomore walk-on Evans in front of the team as if he had been in trouble.

Evans was forced to read off a letter that was explaining what it was the he had done wrong. To his surprise, he was rewarded a scholarship and was mobbed by celebrating teammates.

“I didn’t know what I did, but I read the sheet, the paper, and it turned out to be a scholarship,” Evans said, via Brian Howell of

The scholarship was a reward for all of the work and dedication that he has put in as he heads into his sophomore season.

As a freshman, he redshirted the entire fall at running back and was on scout team. He received the Special Teams Scout Award for the Hawaii game.

Last year, Evans was used primarily on special teams as he played in 10 games. While at running back his highlight was against Nicholls State, where he finished with 18 carries for 52 yards and a touchdown.

“I knew all I had to do was work hard and eventually, hopefully, it’ll come and I’ll get the scholarship and that’s what happened,” Evans said.

And to other players participating in college sports as a walk on, Kyle Evans has a few words of advice for you:

“Hard work pays off, to all you walk-ons out there. Keep working hard. It took me two years, but you have to push through and do what the coaches tell you to do, and it’ll work out in the end.”

Good job, Kyle.