Ayden Eberhardt

Ayden Eberhardt

It started as another day of workouts for Ayden Eberhardt.

But then, the University of Wyoming redshirt sophomore walk-on wide receiver received a text message that fifth-year coach Craig Bohl wanted to see him in his office.

“In the back of my mind, I was wondering what I had done wrong,” Eberhardt said.

The meeting was short, but good, as Bohl informed Eberhardt last week he was being put on scholarship.

“It was definitely a surprise,” Eberhardt said. “I didn’t expect it. It is very humbling and awesome.”

Eberhardt didn’t catch a pass last season and saw limited playing time in six games. When UW was preparing to play an option team, Eberhardt often was the scout team quarterback, having been an option quarterback at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado.

Eberhardt impressed UW’s coaches this spring with his ability to make plays. He had more reps as junior wide receivers C.J. Johnson and John Okwoli were out with knee injuries and sophomore wide receiver Jared Scott missed time with a broken finger.

Eberhardt also was impressive during UW’s pro day in late March as he caught passes from quarterback Josh Allen.

Eberhardt came out of spring in the mix for playing time at UW’s ‘Z’ wide receiver position with Johnson and redshirt junior Austin Conway.

“It is a testament of how hard he works,” Conway said. “He’s one of those guys who has never stopped working. I am happy for him. It shows you have to stay hungry and continue to work.”

Added UW redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal, who enters fall camp as the starter: “That put a huge smile on my face. Ayden is one of my favorite guys among the receivers. He’s going to work his tail off, regardless.”

Eberhardt is the eighth player on UW’s roster who came in as a walk-on and earned a scholarship.

“It was awesome that it happened, and it is going to motivate me to keep pushing myself and make myself the best player I can be,” Eberhardt said.

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