Posted August 10, 2012 on AP on Fox
What began as a routine team meeting turned into a surreal moment for one Vanderbilt football player. After praising fullback Marc Panu for his effort in practice the day before, coach James Franklin stunned his fourth-year walk-on by awarding him a full scholarship on Wednesday. Immediately, the packed auditorium erupted into cheers as Panu's teammates rose to congratulate him in a moment that was caught on tape and posted on Vanderbilt's website Friday. ''You're talking about a guy who just came off knee surgery,'' Franklin said to his team before unloading the news. ''You're talking about a guy who keeps his mouth shut and loves being a part of this team. Watch him here (as Panu delivers a block) - finding a way to bring value to the team. ''That's why I'm so proud to let Marc Panu know that he's got a full scholarship.'' The announcement shocked Panu, who dropped his head into his hands and slouched back into his chair in disbelief. The 20-year-old then slowly made his way ...
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