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UF walk-on Gary Beemer nominated for Rudy Award

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Walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored his first ever touchdown against Appalachian State on Senior Day last month. (AP photo)

Florida walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer had his Rudy moment. Now, the Gators’ senior has been nominated for the Rudy Award.

Each school can nominate a player, and 55 of the 120 FBS schools sent one in. The award honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary character, courage, contribution and commitment as members of their collegiate football teams.

Beemer provided one of the highlights of Senior Day in the Gators’ Nov. 20 win over Appalachian State. Late in the game, coach Urban Meyer put Beemer in to run the ball at the goal line. After three attempts, he was in for the first touchdown of his life.

“I grabbed the ball and I lowered my head and I ran and I closed my eyes,” he said after that win, “and when I opened them, I had scored a touchdown.”

Three players will be selected as finalists, and the two runners-up will receive an award and have an academic scholarship awarded to the university in their names.

The Rudy Award winner will be presented with the award by its namesake, Rudy Ruettiger,at the College Football Rudy Awards Ceremony on Jan. 11 in Dallas.

The winner will be chosen based on a fan vote and the choice of a selection committee. Voting is open until Dec. 13.


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VIDEO: Gary Beemer’s TD the highlight of Gators’ senior day

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Florida walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored his first touchdown ever in the fourth quarter of the Gators' 48-10 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. (AP photo)

In a Florida Senior Day full of emotional moments – Ahmad Black’s prayer in the end zone, Mike Pouncey wearing a helmet for his introduction because he didn’t want everyone to see him cry, half of the lineup swaying to “We Are the Boys” – one stood out above the rest.

Walk-on defensive lineman Gary Beemer scored the first touchdown of his life. Coach Urban Meyer put him in late in the fourth quarter, and it took Beemer three carries to get the most memorable moment of his football career.

“He works harder than anybody on the team. He gave his life to this program too. He don’t get all the fame and all the glory,” said Pouncey. “He’s a special guy to us. We love him like a brother.”

Afterward, he entertained the media for about five minutes, showing anyone in the press room why he’s a favorite among his teammates and coaches. Beemer has already graduated and is working on his master’s degree in exercise physiology. He’ll be back next season as a graduate assistant on the strength and conditioning staff. His goal is to pursue a career in coaching.

For now, though, he’s enjoying his senior day.

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