Jake Johnson has worked as hard as anyone on the Pepperdine roster since joining it a year-and-a-half ago as a walk-on. And for that, he’s earned a reward.
Coach Marty Wilson surprised Johnson, a senior, with a scholarship for the spring semester at practice on Thursday. Check out the awesome moment in a video shot by the Pepperdine staff.
Players don’t just mob anyone like that, so it seems pretty clear that Johnson is well liked by the entire Pepperdine organization.
Teams tend not to just give away precious scholarships, so here are the mechanics behind how they decided to reward their player. Pepperdine had filled 12 scholarships of their allotted 13 this season. However, to keep the roster open for potential midseason transfers, the team stayed at that level during the fall semester. Once it realized that no worthwhile transfer would be coming for the spring semester, the team decided to award Johnson for his hard work and the energy that he brings daily in practice.
It’s always good to see hardworking players be rewarded, so good for Johnson and kudos to Pepperdine for making it happen.