Long snapper Carson Tinker will play his final season for No. 2 Alabama on scholarship.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told the former walk-on he was getting a full scholarship on Tuesday. Tinker was thrust into the spotlight last April by tragedy. His girlfriend, Ashley Harrison, was killed by a tornado after both were thrown about 50 yards from the closet where they huddled.
Saban says Tinker ''has had such a positive influence in so many ways - personally, academically and athletically.''
Tinker says receiving the scholarship ''is truly an honor. You really have to earn it, and I am very thankful.''