Video: Mississippi State Coach Dan Mullen Gives Walk-On LB DeAndre Ward A Scholarship

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.

Ward and the rest of the Bulldogs will begin their 2014 campaign on August 30, when the team hosts Southern Mississippi in Starkville.

BR

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