When William Powell received a text message recently instructing him to report to the football office, he had a hunch it was good news.


 When William Powell received a text message recently instructing him to report to the football office, he had a hunch it was good news.

A walk-on, Powell's hard work and performance had been rewarded. When Kansas State hosts Central Florida on Saturday, Powell will take the field for the first time as a scholarship player.

As soon as he got the news, the senior running back immediately headed for head coach Bill Snyder's office and thanked him.

"I appreciate that because that's the kind of guy he is," Snyder said. "Any time you do something for him, he'll respond in the right way, and he did, and he was pleased about it and was very grateful."

The senior earned his scholarship by contributing on special teams units and providing a quick-hitting complement to Kansas State's No. 1 running back, Daniel Thomas.

There was a hint of sadness for Powell, too. His mother died of cancer last year, and he wished she could have lived to see him realize his dream of landing a scholarship to a major college football program.