Last December, senior wide receiver Austin Webster became the first Irish walk-on in program history to be named a captain.

Nine months later, he's no longer both.

On Thursday, when Notre Dame's players toured their new game day locker room, Kelly awarded Webster -- a 5-11, 192-pound senior -- a scholarship.

"It was pretty exciting. He's earned it, as a captain," Kelly said. "But he's on two of our running (coverage) teams, too, on special teams. He's earned that. (Special teams coach Brian) Polian's not giving out memberships to the special teams club because you're a nice guy. You've got to earn it.

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"For him to get on two of those teams says a lot about the production he's going to be able to give us. So it was only fitting for him to be awarded a scholarship."

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