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Vanderbilt Coach James Franklin Rewards Walk-On With Full Scholarship

Hard work pays off.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin celebrating.

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 16: Head coach James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores celebrates after an interception by Commodore corner back Paris Head #21 against the Kentucky Wildcats at Vanderbilt Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Being a walk-on athlete is one the most demanding roles in college sports. Walk-ons have to be every bit as committed as scholarship players when it comes to workouts, practices, nutrition -- virtually everything. They are rarely rewarded (at least at big-time programs) with significant amounts of playing time, and they have a massive obstacle to deal with that many of their fellow teammates don't: the enormous cost of paying for college.

While for many people it may seem crazy for a person to subject himself to such hardship, playing a sport for a particular program is often a life-long dream for young men and women. It's tough to fault anyone who is attempting to achieve such a goal. For the student that does manage to make his dream come true, there is nothing better in the world.

On Wednesday, that dream came true for Vanderbilt fullback Marc Panu. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin awarded the senior a full scholarship for his longtime dedication to the team. The announcement came in a team meeting where Panu was surrounded by his classmates. (Thanks to LostLetterman for the video)

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