Ward earns scholarship at Miss. State

One of the joys of coaching at the college level is seeing some of the less-talked-about guys succeed.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen got to experience that firsthand when he awarded walk-on sophomore linebacker DeAndre Ward a scholarship in front of the team Sunday. Click here to see the video.

Ward, who played against Alabama and in the bowl game against Rice last season, was obviously surprised when Mullen handed him an envelope to open in front of everyone. The team erupted when Ward realized what was in his hands.

That was true happiness for a guy people around the program say is one of the hardest workers out there and pushes everyone around him -- verbally and with his play in practice. It's no wonder he was named the camp's walk-on MVP.

When you get to the end of the video, check out the hug between Ward and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins. That was really powerful. I don't care who you root for, moments like that have to touch your heart.