ARLINGTON, Texas (WNDU) - Irish walk-on wide receiver Chris Finke and Clemson walk-on wide receiver Hunter Renfrow didn't take the easy road to the starting lineup.
Both spent their first seasons in college on the scout team and worked their way up into prominent roles in their respective offenses during their sophomore seasons.
Ever since, Finke and Renfrow have proved a lot of college coaches wrong for not recruiting them as scholarship players.
The two walk-ons have the utmost respect for each other and are thrilled to share the field on a national stage.
"He’s someone that is a year older than me and has been playing at a high level for a long time. I’ve obviously noticed what he’s done and thought it was really cool seeing how he’d come from being a walk on to playing in the National Championship games and making plays. Being able to play him in the same game against him. We’ve got two walk-ons playing receiver and there’s going to be other walk-ons playing in the game as well."
"It’s just cool, Renfrow said. "You get guys that you can relate to on another team and so I’ve been looking forward to meeting him. I haven’t met him yet but I’m sure I will and I think highly of him."
After the game, Renfrow hopes to exchange his gloves with Finke and Finke is all about it. The two walk-ons playing in the College Football playoff have total respect for each other.