May 12, 2010

Gloer thrilled to earn scholarship

Georgia defensive back and special teams standout Chad Gloer was at Lake Nottely when he received a call from head coach Mark Richt, wondering when he might be returning to Athens.

There was something Richt wanted to tell him in person.

Fortunately, the news was good. Just two days after good friend and long-snapper Ty Frix was awarded a scholarship, Gloer received his Tuesday.

"I ended up meeting him this morning so I drove on up," said Gloer. "The whole thing has taken me a little aback. I know my family is excited. It's truly a blessing."

Entering his fifth year in the Bulldog program, Gloer has appeared in 24 career games for the Bulldogs.

During that time, Gloer has established himself as arguably Georgia's top special teams performer, serving primarily on the Bulldogs' kickoff return and kickoff return squads.

A member of the 2009 SEC Academic Honor Roll, was named the Most Improved Special Teams Player following the 2008 season after being honored as the Outstanding Defensive Walk-on at the end of the 2008 spring practice.

?Chad has been a real warrior for us on special teams and just a great member of our overall football team and family," said Richt in a statement. "He's earned a scholarship and I'm extremely proud for him."

Gloer spoke exclusively with UGASports about the news.

"As a former walk-on, I always hoped this day would come," Gloer said. "It's a real milestone for me. It's good to finally have this under my belt."

Gloer is the third walk-on to be awarded a scholarship this year, joining Frix and outside linebacker Reuben Faloughi.

"My goal when I got here was to just have an opportunity to play and I knew I had to keep working hard," Gloer said. "All I've ever wanted to do is just do my part, stay focused and do whatever I could to help the team win."

Gloer said he had already received texts from Frix and Christian Robinson congratulating him on the scholarship.

Naturally, his parents, father Jon and mother Kathy were pretty excited as well.

"My dad was pretty pumped up. He kept asking me all kinds of question one right after the other," Gloer laughed. "I should have just recorded some answers, because he was going from one question to the other."

Gloer plans on celebrating with his family soon.

"My parents have gone through and done a lot for me to stay as long as I have, so I'm as happy for them as anything," Gloer said. "I'm just very thankful, and I know they are, too. It's a like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. This is as good as it gets."

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