More than a week has passed since Kansas State surprised Brogan Barry with a scholarship at football practice, but it doesn’t feel that way for the senior defensive back.
The moment he was promoted to scholarship status remains so vivid in his mind it seems like it happened yesterday. It may be that way for a while.
“It was nothing short of incredible,” Barry said Tuesday at K-State’s first media gathering of the season.
Here’s how it happened: Barry messed up a punt-return drill and heard K-State special teams coordinator Sean Snyder call out his name. Barry trudged over to him expecting a tongue-lashing. Instead, Snyder informed him he needed to fill out some paperwork, because Barry was going on scholarship. Once the news sunk in, Barry jumped into the air and hugged his coach.
When he returned to practice, a handful of curious teammates asked what had just happened. When Barry told them the good news, the entire team congratulated him.
“I had a lot of teammates embrace me,” Barry said. “It was just one of the best feelings I have ever had.”
Barry, a Topeka product, has been a member of the K-State football team since 2013, but he has contributed mostly behind the scenes as a walk-on. His career stats aren’t flashy (nine tackles in 19 games), but he has developed into a solid contributor on special teams. He also has the respect of his coaches and teammates.
When news of his scholarship spread, K-State players bombarded him with congratulatory messages on social media.
“He brings so much to the team every day,” tight end Dayton Valentine said. “He is probably the biggest morale booster on the entire team and he works hard. He is just a great teammate. To see him be put on scholarship, I couldn’t be happier for him.”
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