Florida walk-on LB Cristian Garcia announces he’s on scholarship

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Linebacker Cristian Garcia walked onto the Florida football team in the 2015 season and paid his dues.

Now, it has all paid off.

Garcia announced Sunday night on Twitter that he has earned a scholarship for his redshirt senior season.

“Extremely proud to say that Coach mac put me on full scholarship this afternoon. Words can’t describe how grateful I am. #ForeverFlorida” Garcia wrote in the tweet.

After playing college football at two smaller colleges (Malone University in Ohio and Florida Tech), Garcia transferred to Santa Fe College in Gainesville in 2014 and began working on the Florida football team’s video staff. He earned the chance to join the team as a walk-on during the 2015 season.

Early on, he was primarily a member of the scout team. Eventually, Garcia found his way to the playing field when it mattered. The 6-foot-1, 231-pound linebacker has played in 14 career games, mostly on special teams.

Prior to the end of the 2016 season, though, the only headline Garcia was for preventing a sexual assault over the summer in 2015. He appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the story.

Garcia earned his first career start in Florida’s Outback Bowl win against Iowa and recorded 5 tackles.

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And now, with Florida’s linebacker depth limited once again, Garcia could garner a considerable amount of playing time in the Gators’ season opener against Michigan. Redshirt sophomore Kylan Johnson is hobbled by a hamstring injury and freshmen Ventrell Miller and James Houston are two of the seven players suspended for the season opener for reportedly misusing school funds.

Teammates also took to Twitter to give their congratulations and show their support for Garcia.

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