IU enlists Pat McAfee for surprise scholarship announcement

Pat McAfee announced Nate Snyder's full-ride scholarship during IU's practice at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Indiana Football/Twitter)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The IU Hoosiers turned to an Indiana kicking legend to honor a kicker of their own.

The Hoosiers were practicing at Lucas Oil Stadium for their upcoming game against Ball State when the action was stopped by a special message on the video board.

Former Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee addressed the team, then spoke directly to Nate Snyder, a redshirt junior kicker from Center Grove High School. As Snyder's teammates cheered and began to mob him on the field, McAfee announced the team was giving him a full scholarship.

"You've been working for a few years and your patience and your hard work is going to pay off, literally," McAfee said.

Snyder was an all-state and all-conference selection as a senior for the Trojans in 2015, but has yet to see game action at IU.

"Time to #SEIZE this amazing opportunity and do my part to help the Hoosiers win the Big Ten Championship," Snyder tweeted.

He graduated with a criminal justice degree from the university in May and is currently enrolled in graduate school.

The Hoosiers and Cardinals meet August 31 at noon in the season opener for both teams.