It has been a busy start to the year for Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive end Jack Gangwish.

The former walk-on earned a scholarship last week and, after having never played a snap before this season, is on pace to make his first start Saturday against McNeese State.

It's a dream come true for Gangwish, a redshirt junior who grew up a huge Nebraska fan and worked tirelessly to see his way onto the field.

In addition to the exciting on-the-field happenings, Gangwish has also become somewhat of a viral sensation after posting a photo that has all of Nebraska's considerable fanbase talking. Gangwish uploaded this image -- taken by a fan last season -- to his Twitter page this week:

The photo has been widely shared in a matter of days, and it's not hard to see why. It's gotten hundreds of retweets and favorites, and that's not even to mention the shares it's gotten through Facebook:

The photo has special meaning to Gangwish, who can relate with the young fan:

Gangwish is from Wood River, Neb., and according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the town's population is 1,325.

Cornhuskers fans are no strangers to young boys who capture the hearts of fans everywhere. Jack Hoffman, a young boy diagnosed with pediatric brain cancer, became a viral sensation after scoring a touchdown in Nebraska's 2013 spring game.

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Big Ten Heisman Trophy Winners


Troy Smith

Ohio State quarterback, 2006.


Ron Dayne

Wisconsin running back, 1999.


Charles Woodson

Michigan cornerback/returner, 1997.


Eddie George

Ohio State running back, 1995.


Desmond Howard

Michigan receiver/returner, 1991.


Archie Griffin

Ohio State running back, 1975.


Archie Griffin

Ohio State running back, 1974.


Howard Cassady

Ohio State running back, 1955.


Alan Ameche

Wisconsin running back, 1950.


Vic Janowicz

Ohio State running back, 1950.


Les Horvath

Ohio State quarterback, 1944.


Bruce Smith

Minnesota running back, 1941.


Tom Harmon

Michigan running back, 1940.


Nile Kinnick

Iowa running back, 1939.


Jay Berwanger

Chicago running back, 1935.

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