For some Big Ten college football players, it comes easy to them. The DNA.

The talent. Everything. For others, it takes a lot more work.

That’s not to say that they can’t turn into the best players. Every year in the NFL Draft, there’s a former two-star or unranked high school prospect that gets selected in the top 10, if not higher. It’s like clockwork.

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At Illinois, wide receiver Donny Navarro has put in the time. He’s worked the hours upon hours necessary to be a positive part of the team.

On Thursday, during a team meeting, Illinois coach Lovie Smith surprised the sophomore with a full scholarship:

These kinds of stories are always great. And seeing Navarro’s teammates react the way they did is almost that much sweeter.

So far in 2019, Navarro has caught 11 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. His score came on a 48-yard play against Wisconsin, helping the Fighting Illini shock the college football world.