Stephen F. Austin's Thomas Walkup (0) shoots over Notre Dame's Steve Vasturia (32) during the first half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Win or lose on Sunday, Thomas Walkup turned into an Internet sensation during this year's NCAA Tournament.

The beard. The rugged play. He's the ultimate Lumberjack for Stephen F. Austin .

Yeah, his teammates love it too.


On Saturday, coach Brad Sherwood described Walkup as "one of the most resourceful, efficient players I've ever coached." He's the school's all-time leading rebounder, and led the team in assists and steals.

He added another milestone during the Notre Dame game. And yes, that's a picture of Walkup without a beard ...