You heard it here first: backup QB Hunter Helms placed on scholarship

CUTrevor 2021-08-20 15:54:41

It was almost an inevitability that Helms would be given a scholarship. In fact, I almost had forgotten that he was still a walk-on. After all, he's currently the No.1 backup quarterback with Taisun Phommachanh still recovering from his Achilles injury. However, a source told me that Helms will be officially placed on scholarship beginning in January. Ordinarily, he'd be on scholarship immediately, but because this is such an unusual year with players receiving extra eligibility and playing a sixth year, Dabo needed to prioritize some of the older walk-ons and delay Hunter's scholarship until January. A couple other walk-ons who received scholarships were WR's Will Brown and Max May. I'll let you know the others when I find out!

CUTrevor 2021-08-21 11:52:14

Aside from Helms (in January), TE Luke Price, WR Drew Swinney, WR Will Brown, WR Max May, OL Jacob Edwards, S Carson Donnelly and long snapper Jack Maddox were all placed on scholarship. They had some spots open up from transfers in the spring, Bubba Chandler choosing pro baseball and OL Blake Vinson retiring from playing to be on the medical staff.

"All 4th and 5th year guys that have been grinders and committed on and off the field, with academics, etc." Dabo said, "Always fun for staff and great to reward those guys when we can, even if it's just for a semester. It's a big deal and sends a great message to other guys in the program."