Amidst the chaos of a weekend where Notre Dame football players made headlines for the wrong reasons, a good story comes from the ashes. Walk-on wide receiver Chris Finke was awarded a scholarship. The diminutive slot receiver, currently running No. 2 behind CJ Sanders and also a potential returner for the Irish, earned the scholarship on Monday.
News came via social media, where a group of teammates—and the Walk-on Players Union—gave their congratulations.
The 5-foot-9.5, 180-pounder from Archbishop Alter in Kettering, Ohio, has quick become a fan favorite. He’s also made himself a Brian Kelly favorite, earning mention last year for his steady hands and moves as a punt returner and this season for his work in the slot.
“He’s Robby Toma with more speed,” Kelly said during fall camp.
(Never mind his inauspicious introduction to BK, as described by the South Bend Tribune’s Mike Vorel.)
Finke took to social media after the news spread on Monday night with the following comment:
“Grateful. Can’t thank the coaches, staff, my teammates, family, friends, and the Good Lord enough!”
Here’s more instant reaction from teammates past and present.