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Video: A Fired-Up James Franklin Awarded Penn State Walk-On LB Von Walker A Scholarship

James Franklin hugs Von Walker after giving him a scholarship.

Twitter/@coachjfranklin

Back in 2012, then-Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin awarded walk-on Marc Panu a scholarship, and the video quickly went viral in college football circles. Franklin is now at Penn State, but he still values his walk-ons, and yesterday he awarded junior linebacker Von Walker with a full ride. Here is the video, in a tweet from Franklin.

">@VTW21 -your attitude & hard work earned this. Great representation of the blue & white. #PSUnrivaledhttp://t.co/6OfW2MDEaZ

— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin)

Really proud of @VTW21 -your attitude & hard work earned this. Great representation of the blue & white. #PSUnrivaledhttp://t.co/6OfW2MDEaZ

— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) April 28, 2015

">April 28, 2015

Franklin spoke more about Walker in a Penn State press release about the move.

Junior Von Walker (Mill Hall, Pa.) has made the most of his time as a run-on linebacker for the Penn State football team. That hard work has culminated in a scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year by head coach James Franklin this week.

“Von Walker is the example of everything that represents Penn State football,” Franklin said. “He is blue collar, hard-nosed, works his butt off day in and day out and always has positive energy at practice. He has improved as much as anybody on our team since we arrived. Make no mistake about it, I am not giving Von a scholarship, he has earned this full scholarship.”

These videos are always very touching, and it is clear that Walker has the full respect of his teammates and coaches, based on many of the tweets that rolled in on Monday.

">@VTW21 on EARNING that full ride today baby. The future is bright , love you FAMILY #25 pic.twitter.com/otZxwkoMaG

— Brian Tomasetti (@OFBubbaT21) April 27, 2015

">@VTW21 on earning his athletic scholarship here to play football. All love man

— DaeSean Hamilton (@SkeeterMills__)

Congratulations to my great friend @VTW21 on earning his athletic scholarship here to play football. All love man

— DaeSean Hamilton (@SkeeterMills__) April 27, 2015

">April 27, 2015

">@VTW21 earned it the hard way brother the only way there is!!!

— Jesse Della Valle (@TheKidJDV)

#WWO moving up again @VTW21 earned it the hard way brother the only way there is!!!

— Jesse DV (@TheKidJDV) April 27, 2015

">April 27, 2015

">@VTW21 on EARNING an athletic scholarship to play football here! #LinebackerU

— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda)

Congrats to my bro @VTW21 on EARNING an athletic scholarship to play football here! #LinebackerU

— Jason Cabinda (@jasoncabinda) April 27, 2015

">April 27, 2015

">@VTW21 on EARNING his $$$$..Von has earned the respect of this coaching staff as much as anyone in the program. #MostImproved

— Bob Shoop (@Coach_ShoopPSU) April 28, 2015

Great job by Franklin and Penn State football here, and of course, congratulations to Walker.