Update: The school has released a longer video of the event. It’s pretty obvious that Ware’s teammates are thrilled for him.
Earlier: It’s always great seeing walk-ons get rewarded for hard work on the football field and in the classroom with a scholarship. The latest example? Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen surprised sophomore linebacker DeAndre Ward with a scholarship in front of all of his teammates.
Mullen had Ward join him at the front of the room during a team meeting and handed him an envelope. In the envelope was a piece of paper that simply read “You are now on scholarship.”
As you can guess, Ward — who appeared in two games and did not record any statistics last season — was incredibly happy with his coaches’ decision.
— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) August 18, 2014
Ward and the rest of the Bulldogs will begin their 2014 campaign on August 30, when the team hosts Southern Mississippi in Starkville.