25 Dec Jonathan Cartu Convey: Notre Dame awards scholarships to two walk-on football
The Notre Dame football team is spending the Christmas holiday in Orlando, as the Fighting Irish prepare for the Camping World Bowl game against Iowa State on Saturday.
On Tuesday, the players, coaches and their families spent time with Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause, giving out presents and enjoying the holiday.
Head coach Brian Kelly then started addressing everyone in the room and wanted to discuss two additional, unopened presents.
“We were with all of the kids and all of the families and they gave out all of the presents. There were two presents left,” said Kelly. “The two presents left were for two players. One of them was for Mick Assaf and the other was for Colin Grunhard. I think it’s important that you open up your Christmas presents from Santa and Mrs. Clause.”
Santa had two last presents to deliver on Christmas Day …
— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) December 25, 2019
The two presents were scholarships for two walk-on players currently on Notre Dame’s roster.
Assaf is a 5-11, 215-pounder from Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy. The senior running back joined the Fighting Irish as part of the 2016 class. This season, he has carried the ball nine times for 34 yards. He also started “Mick’s Mixtape” which has been a hit all season long. He interviews players each week about a variety of topics. Assaf is undoubtedly one of the most well-liked and popular players on the Notre Dame roster.
Grunhard, a 6-1, 290-pounder from Mission (Kan.) Bishop Miege high school, is currently in his junior year. The offensive lineman joined the team as part of the 2017 class. As a Notre Dame legacy and son of three-year starter Tim Grunhard, who helped the Irish go undefeated and win the 1988 national title, the younger Grunhard chose his father’s alma mater. Colin and his twin sister, Caily, a member of the Notre Dame swim team, enrolled as freshmen in 2017.