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Penn State Football: Linebacker And Special Teams Ace Von Walker Awarded Scholarship

by on April 28, 2015 2:00 PM

Penn State linebacker and special teams guru Von Walker has finally seen his hard work pay off.

He was awarded with a football scholarship Monday night.

The now former walk-on will see his name among the 85 scholarships Penn State is now permitted to utilize in the post-NCAA sanction era.

While Walker's 12 tackles in 12 games during the 2014-15 season is a modest total, he has won praise at every turn for his hard work and hard hitting abilities. And there is little doubt he has been a key figure within the program.

Penn State did not announce the news last night but players and assistant coaches all took to Twitter night to congratulate Walker.

"Congrats to (Von Walker) on EARNING his $$$$" Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop tweeted.  "Von has earned the respect of this coaching staff as much as anyone in the program. #MostImproved"

Later Tuesday the football program finally announced the scholarship award with coach James Franklin echoing his player's statements.

“Von Walker is the example of everything that represents Penn State football,” Franklin said in a news release. “He is blue collar, hard-nosed, works his butt off day in and day out and always has positive energy at practice. He has improved as much as anybody on our team since we arrived. Make no mistake about it, I am not giving Von a scholarship, he has earned this full scholarship.”

StateCollege.com's very own Mike Poorman profiled Von Walker and his status within the program earlier this week. You can read that story here: Is Von Walker the Most Interesting Man on Penn State Football’s Defense?

 

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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