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From Connecticut to Hawaii, players who started their careers as walk-ons—and in some cases still haven't received a scholarship—are now mainstays on their teams.
The triggerman in the Warriors' pass-happy scheme ranks ninth in the country in total offense (340.8 yards a game) and has thrown for 9,014 yards and 68 touchdowns in two-plus seasons.
Perhaps Whalen gets some of his athletic ability from his great uncle, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver. After walking on in 2008, Whalen has made 37 receptions for 502 yards in 31 games.