Texas cheerleaders celebrate a touchdown against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 3, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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WATCH: Texas walk-on Mason Ramirez earns a scholarship from his hometown team

Posted August 19th, 2019


On Monday, Texas announced that senior defensive back Mason Ramirez is no longer a walk-on.

Ramirez was surprised with a scholarship at a recent team meeting. While offensive coordinator Tim Beck broke down one of Ramirez’s plays during a film session, a “Breaking News” alert interrupted the highlight and the announcement was made. After being congratulated, Ramirez then gave a heartfelt speech to his teammates and coaches.

Ramirez is a 2015 graduate of nearby Round Rock High. During his senior year with the Dragons, Ramirez earned all-state honors after he intercepted seven passes and tackled 123 opponents. Originally a walk-on at Kansas, Ramirez joined UT’s football team in 2018. He has yet to appear in a game with the Longhorns.

Ramirez is the third member of Texas’ football program to earn a scholarship this month. Last week, sophomore linebackers Russell Hine and Cort Jaquess became former walk-ons. Earlier this summer, sophomore long snapper Justin Mader received his scholarship.

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