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'Amazing feeling': UM walk-ons Andrew Vastardis, Jess Speight turn sacrifices into scholarships

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Michigan offensive lineman Andrew Vastardis, who was recently awarded a scholarship, on taking advantage of all opportunities. Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News

Ann Arbor — There is something about their grind and their grit, the way walk-ons push themselves under the radar to nudge their teammates in practice to be better and improve.

Their effort rarely goes unnoticed, at least not by those whose opinions matter most. Sometimes walk-ons become highly regarded starters and others who never get much public recognition, which is why the awarding of scholarships to those who toil for a football team is so immensely heartwarming.