UA receiver Ermisch gets ultimate reward for hard work: A scholarship

2013-08-24T00:00:00Z 2013-08-24T01:15:44Z UA receiver Ermisch gets ultimate reward for hard work: A scholarshipBy Daniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Trevor Ermisch was ready to call his mom, Janis, and tell her the amazing news.

But before the Arizona Wildcats junior receiver could dial the phone, his plan was spoiled.

For maybe the first time in his life, UA quarterback B.J. Denker, a man who has thrown a pick or two in his career, registered his own interception when he sent out a tweet Wednesday at 12:06 p.m.

“Congratulations to my boy Trevor Ermisch on receiving a scholarship today! Hard work pays off!” the tweet read.

Ermisch was scooped by his own quarterback. Instead of being able to tell his mom himself, Janis read Denker’s tweet.

“I came back to the locker room and I had three texts from my mom,” Ermisch said. “She said ‘call me, call me, call me.’ I didn’t know how she knew (but) obviously I knew that’s what she meant.

“I called her and obviously she was happy.”

After two years as a walk-on, Ermisch, a Phoenix O’Connor High School product, was awarded a scholarship by coach Rich Rodriguez this week. He’s spent the first two seasons of his UA career as a key special teams player for the Wildcats and now Janis and Ermisch’s dad, Karl, won’t have to worry about funding their son’s college education anymore.

“Trevor is a guy that knows all of the positions on offense,” Rodriguez said. “That’s why he’s been valuable for us. Trevor got awarded a scholarship for this year and I think he’s happy.

“I was very happy for him.”

Ermisch was in the weight room with the rest of his teammates Wednesday when he saw running back Terris Jones get called into an office with Rodriguez. He saw the two hug and figured there was some sort of good news relayed.

When Jones came out, Ermisch was called in.

It’s now a meeting the 6-foot-2-inch, 177-pound wide receiver will never forget. Jones, also was awarded a scholarship.

“The best thing I remembered is (Rodriguez saying), ‘It’s nice to get a scholarship out of high school because that means you’re a good high school player, but to get one in college, means you’re a good college player,’ ” Ermisch said. “I was real happy about that.”

Ermisch turned down a couple of Division II offers to walk on at the UA like his older brother Tyler did. Former coach Mike Stoops put Trevor right to work in 2011 and played him as a true freshman.

Rodriguez found the receiver to be useful as well and played him on four different special teams units last season.

Now, Ermisch is hoping he can get in the mix at wide receiver. With the Wildcats battling depth issues and Rodriguez’s desire to play more than just the starters, he could see some time this season.

In the UA’s open practice at Arizona Stadium earlier this camp, Ermisch hauled in a 40-yard pass from Denker on the sideline. He’s seen some action with the first group and second groups on offense in practice this fall camp.

“I think I’ve gotten better and more mature this year as a receiver,” Ermisch said. “Special teams comes natural to me. I’ve done that both years. Receiver, I’ve tried to make improvements each year and learn from guys like David Douglas. I think I got a little better as a receiver this year.”

Ermisch said he wasn’t expecting the promotion to scholarship player but was hopeful it would happen during his career.

“It’s definitely been a goal ever since I got here my freshman year,” the receiver said.

And even if he didn’t get on scholarship, Ermisch wasn’t going anywhere. When he arrived in 2011, the Phoenix native was in it for the long haul.

“I was here all the way,” Ermisch said. “I really liked the coaches. Even when we had the coaching change, I really liked the direction the program was headed. I wanted to stay here the whole way. I love the fans; I love everything about Tucson. I’m glad I’m here.”

Contact reporter Daniel Berk at dberk@azstarnet.com or 573-4330. On Twitter @DSBerk.

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