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WATCH: LSU walk-on gets emotional when surprised with scholarship

By PATRICK OCHS

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LSU head coach Johnny Jones encourages his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas.
LSU head coach Johnny Jones encourages his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in College Station, Texas.

The life of a walk-on is often anything but glamorous.

Walk-ons are typically athletes who, while they may have been standouts in high school, are reduced to practice squad and scout players.

They often work just as hard or harder as starters but without the guarantees a scholarship provides. It's a thankless -- but necessary -- job, but moments like Thursday's make the hard work worthwhile.

Enter Henry Shortess: The walk-on from Baton Rouge, La., has played all of six minutes this season after appearing in 10 total games his first two seasons with LSU.

Tigers coach Johnny Jones took notice of Shortess' dedication and on Thursday rewarded the 5-foot-9 junior guard with a scholarship.

"We always talk about winning, sacrificing, playing hard and great things happen. You never know what's going to happen to you," Jones said to his team during a post-practice meeting. "You just have to make sure you're putting your best foot forward every day and allow everything else to really have the opportunity to take care of itself."

Jones then called up Shortess.

"He's always thrived and did everything that he possibly could to be the best that he could be. He has made as much of an impact I think on this team as anybody from the position that he's in from where he sits to being in the locker room, sitting in here, not afraid to give his opinion on whatever the matter is.

"I don't think you guys have ever looked at him as a walk-on. Today I'm glad that you won't have the opportunity anymore. We're going to put Henry on scholarship."

Shortess, seemingly caught off guard, choked up at the news before being mobbed by his teammates. Watch his reaction in the video below:

Walk-On Henry ShortessAwarded Scholarship from LSU Basketball on Vimeo.

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