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UW receiver Eberhardt begins fall camp with scholarship

August 2, 2018

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Ayden Eberhardt is on a roll. In spring camp, he stood out in practice to coaches and on television as Josh Allen’s only Pro Day receiving target who was still an active Cowboy.

Then, this summer, he got a text from head coach Craig Bohl.

“Kind of out of the blue,” said Eberhardt, a redshirt sophomore receiver. “I think it was a Tuesday. It said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a meeting with Coach Bohl.’ Mind kind of started racing, like, ‘I don’t know, I might have missed something, done something wrong.’”

Just the opposite. Eberhardt, who appeared in five games as a freshman, was put on scholarship. Bohl said for the time being, the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder is the only walk-on who will make that move, though that could change before the season.

“It was definitely awesome,” Eberhardt said. “Very humbling, and I think it made me a little bit more determined getting ready to go into fall camp and everything like that.”

The Loveland (Colorado) High School graduate came to Wyoming as a receiver after playing quarterback.

“I mean, I think that’s a goal coming in as a walk-on,” Eberhardt said of being put on scholarship, “but it doesn’t change the overall goal, which is I came here to win championships and help out the team as much as I could in any way I could.”

With junior C.J. Johnson (ACL) now expected to miss the majority of the season, Eberhardt’s ability to take a step forward in the offense could be even more meaningful for the Cowboys.

“It’s definitely tough for sure,” Eberhardt said. “C.J.’s a great receiver, and he brings a lot to the receiving room and helps us out a lot. But we know he’s hurt, and he’s not going to be able to come back, so we’ve got to fill in and do as best as we can to kind of fill that spot.”

The scholarship will help Eberhardt’s parents financially, he told the Casper Star-Tribune.

“I do have three younger sisters, so that kind of takes a load off on the parents, for sure,” he said. “All three of them are in a bunch of different sports, softball, basketball, track, all that. So that does help for sure.”

As for Eberhardt himself, getting that text just might help him maintain his positive momentum.

“The news helped,” he said. “Like I said, the goal’s always been the same, to help out in any way possible that I can for the team. So I think that it’s just kind of motivated me to keep working, keep pushing and come out and do what I can.”

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Information from: Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune, http://www.trib.com

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