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:
— Jack Gangwish (@jackgangwish) September 1, 2014
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 says he could see himself being the little boy in pic. Grew up in rural Neb idolizing the #Huskers
— Kevin Sjuts (@kevinsjuts) September 2, 2014
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.