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Gophers surprise walk-on receiver with scholarship at Twins game

Clay Geary (center) celebrates with his teammates after being awarded a scholarship at the Minnesota Twins game on Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins
Clay Geary (center) celebrates with his teammates after being awarded a scholarship at the Minnesota Twins game on Aug. 7, 2019.

Updated: August 07, 2019 03:15 PM

Members of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Wednesday afternoon's Minnesota Twins game, but it was particularly memorable for one player.

Lakeville native Clay Geary, a walk-on at the U of M, and his four roommates — Thomas Barber, Carter Coughlin, Kamal Martin and Antoine Winfield Jr. —  threw out the ceremonial first pitches to Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson.

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After each had thrown a pitch, Gibson jogged to the mound to give the players their first-pitch ball, but instead of the ball, gave Geary a ball that was inscribed by Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck that read "You're On Scholarship!"

The public address announcer also read a congratulatory note and the Twins pulled up a graphic on the scoreboard to celebrate for Geary. Meanwhile, his teammates on the field lifted him into the air and congratulated him.

Geary is a junior receiver who has played in nine career games. He has one career catch for seven yards, but was a fixture on the kickoff return team last season.

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