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A WKU walk-on gets rewarded with a scholarship

Ta’Corian “Coco” Darden gets good news following fall camp practice.

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We all love a great feel-good story in college football, and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers showed us all what happens when you work hard and dedicate yourself to what you’re passion about.

When called up by Coach Mike Sanford, defensive back Ta’Corian “Coco” Darden thought he was going to simply lead his team in a chant to end the day’s practice, having no idea what was coming. After Darden was finished with the chant, Coach Sanford called the team together, made a quick statement, and announced that Darden was placed on scholarship for the Hilltoppers. The team poured out in overwhelming joy, and even his mother shed tears of pride for her son as he told her the news.

"It was a blessing, it hit me right away, it was totally surprising. I just thought to thank God right at that moment," Darden said in regards to getting the news. "My teammates are family, ever since I've been here they've seen my hard work and they know I'm a family guy.”

Darden, a walk-on for the Hilltoppers who redshirted his first season, made some big plays in the last five games of the 2016 season for Western Kentucky, with four tackles and two interceptions, one of which was returned for 63 yards just shy of the goal line.

From all those on the Underdog Dynasty staff, we would like to say congratulations on your great acheivement, Coco! We certainly look forward to watching you make some big plays in the seasons to come!