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.


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