ATLANTA -- On Day 5 of preseason camp, Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott awarded scholarships to two former walk-ons, each in a unique way.

During Tuesday's practice at Georgia State Stadium, Elliott halted a drill, called up the team, and announced, "You know what happens when you work hard?! You get rewarded!"

Then Elliott pointed right at defensive end T.J. Arnold, a junior from Rome, Ga., and Model High School.


The team mobbed Arnold and doused him with the water cooler.

After practice, there was another scholarship to hand out, and this time, senior safety Remy Lazarus, himself a former walk-on, got to deliver the message. 

Lazarus filmed an interview with sophomore receiver Terrance Dixon. After asking Dixon what it was like to be a walk-on, Lazarus informed Dixon that he was no-longer a walk-on and was being awarded a scholarship. Dixon's fellow receivers immediately doused him.


After Tuesday's busy day, the Panthers will enjoy their first day without practice on Wednesday. Then it's back to work Thursday for their first practice in full gear.

Georgia State opens the season Aug. 31 at Tennessee (3:30 p.m. on ESPNU), and then the Panthers' home opener is Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. vs. Furman at Georgia State Stadium.

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