From walk-on to scholarship is one of the best stories we get in college football. It takes hard work, persistence, and commitment to the team even when the individual attention isn’t coming.

Colorado shared on Saturday that senior safety Anthony Lyle, a walk-on entering his third season with the team has been put on scholarship ahead of the new year.

The 6-foot safety from Lafayette, Colorado, began his career at Eastern Michigan as a walk-on receiver. After not appearing in a game, he came home and attended CU in 2018. A year later, he joined the Buffs as a safety.

In 2019, though he didn’t appear in a game, he was named the Special Teams Scout of the Week leading up to the Oregon game. In 2020, he made appearances in all six of Colorado’s games while playing exclusively as a special team guy. Lyle was on both coverage and both return units.

He filled the same role last season for CU, seeing 219 snaps across the four units.

With new guys filling new roles in the secondary for CU this season, perhaps Lyle can work his way into more of a defensive role for the Buffs.

BuffStampede’s Adam Munsterteiger share video of Lyle meeting with local reporters after the team’s scrimmage on Saturday, which you can view below: