GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- When Florida coach Will Muschamp huddled the Gators together following Tuesday afternoon's practice at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, he saved a special surprise for last.
The announcement left Mark Herndon in tears and brought a huge relief over Tim Clark. Muschamp put both players on scholarship.
"I was not expecting that," Herndon said. "It threw me so off I just started crying. I couldn't contain it. He said I deserved it, and I'm just humbled because I feel like it could have been anyone else. There are people who have been here longer than me that haven't gotten one yet."
A walk-on running back from Ocala (Fla.) Forest High, Herndon is a sophomore who played in six games on special teams last season. With Matt Jones sidelined by a viral infection, Herndon has taken consistent reps at tailback and made a good impression on the coaching staff.
Herndon's success is no fluke. As a senior in high school the 5-foot-9, 194-pound Herndon rushed for more than 1,600 ...