On Thursday morning, Pitt football head coach Pat Narduzzi decided that walk-on Chris Maloney’s work had earned him something special.
Maloney, a redshirt junior, was awarded a scholarship in front of the whole team during team meetings, and shared an emotional call with his mother, all documented by the Pitt Football social media staff.
Congratulations @chris_maloney2 on EARNING your scholarship‼️
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) August 26, 2021
“Chris Maloney earned a scholarship here at team camp,” Narduzzi said. “He works his tail off. He’s done everything. He played a little tight end, fullback a year ago. He’s back to defense, he’s back to offense, he’s done a lot of different things. He has certainly earned the opportunity to be on scholarship, I am proud of him, and it was an emotional team meeting for him.”
Maloney is a 6-foot-2 defensive lineman from Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. He joined Pitt as a walk-on during 2018 training camp, and did not appear in a live game until Pitt played Georgia Tech in his sophomore year. In 2020, his redshirt sophomore season, he appeared in three games. In 2019-20, Maloney was placed on ACC Honor Roll for his fantastic performance in the classroom.