Big day for Commodores' Marc Panu

August, 14, 2012
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If you haven't seen the video of Vanderbilt coach James Franklin surprising fourth-year walk-on Marc Panu by placing him on scholarship and doing it in front of the entire team, do yourself a favor and watch it.

Simply, this is the kind of thing that makes college football so great and is a refreshing break from the never-ending cycle of scandals that has seemingly gripped the sport over the past year or two.

Panu is one of those fullbacks who would go headfirst into a brick wall if he thought it would create an opening for his tailback.

One of the neatest things about the video is the reaction of Panu's teammates when Franklin announces to the team that he's placing Panu on full scholarship after showing several cutups on tape of Panu blowing up people.

It's also a reminder of why Franklin is having unprecedented success on the recruiting trail for the Commodores. He relates so well to his players and creates an environment where they want to run through a brick wall for him.

Chris Low | email

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