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Mark Panu, Vanderbilt Football Walk-On, Receives Surprise Full Scholarship

08/14/2012 02:56 pm ET

During a recent preseason team meeting, Vanderbilt University's Commodores celebrated an unexpected and happy moment for a fellow teammate.

Mark Panu, a 21-year-old senior walk-on for the football team's defense, was stunned by his coach with a full scholarship for the upcoming school year, according to Buzzfeed.

In the video above, Vanderbilt's head football coach, James Franklin, presents the Mableton, Ga. native with a certificate detailing his full boat scholarship offer.

The offer came a day after Franklin had praised Panu's efforts at practice, CBS Sports reported.

WKRN reports Panu's most significant player performances took place in 2011, when Panu was a fullback for eight games.

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