OSU fullback Teddy Johnson got a call from assistant coach Jemal Singleton awhile back. It sounded promising.
It was. After three years as a walkon, Johnson was being given a scholarship.
Singleton “left me a pretty nice and encouraging voicemail,” Johnson said. “I came into the stadium to meet with Mack Butler (director of football operations), and he had the paper out and the pen for me to sign with.”
Johnson, who is from the Dallas suburb of Coppell, called his father, Mitch, an OSU graduate.
“He was joyful,” Teddy Johnson said. “I don’t want to say he was ecstatic, but he was happy. He didn’t have to cut that tuition check this year.”
Both of Johnson’s parents are OSU alumni. Johnson said his dad, specifically, is proud.
“Even now he’s still very much involved with OSU,” Johnson said, “so for this to be his alma mater and for his son to follow him here and achieve something in the athletics world meant a lot to him.”
Johnson has made his mark mostly on kick coverage units. He’s got 20 tackles as a Cowboy.
“Every walkon’s dream is to not only play, but to eventually be rewarded and that their school is paid for,” Johnson said. “To me personally, that was a huge goal. Most people didn’t think I could play college football. For me to walk on and not only be a four-year letterman, but to be given a full ride just changed everybody’s perspective, as well it made it all worth it. It was a very proud moment for me my family.”