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Walking on air! Walk-on long snapper Stoll celebrates being put on scholarship

A respected and valuable member of the Penn State football team received a great and emotional surprise this week.

Redshirt junior long snapper Chris Stoll, a walk-on, was notified in a cool way that he’s being put on scholarship.

In the video below, former Nittany Lion Dan Chisena is talking to current members of the team. Chisena, a track standout, began his PSU football career as a walk-on, then earned a scholarship. The speedy wide receiver went undrafted but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and earned a spot on the active roster.

What Chisena did is already the stuff of legend, so having him talk to the team made sense. Then Chisena gave Stoll the good news.

“Last thing that I have for you guys, Chris Stoll, you are on full scholarship, buddy,” Chisena said.

That was followed by James Franklin yelling, “Stoll!” and then others on the team congratulating him.

Stoll then can be seen getting emotional in the video.

“Congrats, Stoll. We love you, man,” Franklin said. “You earned it, bud.”

“Thank you, Coach,” Stoll replied.

It was a cool moment.

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How cool?

To learn more about Chris Stoll, this is his full Zoom interview from earlier this summer.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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