Who doesn’t love stories about the underdog? What about holidays and special treats? All good, right?

That’s why new Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck and the entire Gophers’ program gets a gold star for the way rising junior linebacker Blake Cashman was informed about his scholarship.

Cashman started the 2016 football season on special teams and worked his way up the depth chart to starting linebacker by season’s end. He notched 45 tackles and led the team in sacks with 7.5 along the way. After those numbers, Minnesota made the choice to award the former walk-on with a scholarship.

The way Cashman found out was classic.

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