Hard work, determination helps former walk-on Jenson Stoshak earn scholarship in offseason

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Spring practice is underway for the FAU football team and it has a different feel than last year, especially for sophomore wide receiver, Jenson Stoshak.

Like many walk-on players, Stoshak chose to chase a dream once he completed his high school career.  While not many programs gave him a chance coming out of University Christian in Jacksonville, Florida, it was FAU wide receivers coach, Jeff Sims, who saw something in Stoshak that nobody else did.

"My expectations are always high for myself," said Stoshak.  "My ultimate goal was to earn a scholarship."

Stoshak didn't see a second of playing time until six games into the 2012 season.  He'd finish the year with 15 receptions for 259 yards and two touchdowns.  He had the best game of his young career in a 34-24 loss to FIU in November when he caught five passes, finishing with 108 receiving yards and one trip to the end zone. 

In the offseason, Stoshak's hard work and determination was rewarded when head coach Carl Pelini announced he'd be receiving a scholarship.

"It's probably the best feeling I've ever had," Stoshak said.

"I did not give Jenson a scholarship because I thought he was good enough," said Sims.  "I gave it to him because I knew he could be even better."

ESPN 106.3's Emerson Lotzia caught up with Stoshak and Sims at practice this week.  Click on the video attached to watch his story.

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