MSU, Ward To Be Featured on ESPN College GameDay

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DeAndre Ward went from walk-on to scholarship man on August 17.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State sophomore linebacker DeAndre Ward will be featured in a segment highlighting the presentation of scholarships to walk-on student-athletes this Saturday on ESPN’s College GameDay and throughout the weekend on SportsCenter.

ESPN College GameDay airs from 8-11 a.m. CT Saturday.

On the night of August 17, the final day of the Bulldogs’ preseason camp, head coach Dan Mullen handed Ward a letter during a team meeting. While awarding him with the summer’s walk-on MVP award, Ward opened the letter in front of his teammates. It read, “you are now on scholarship.”

The entire team room erupted from coaches to players as the hard-working Wetumpka, Ala., native celebrated a life-changing moment. Every single teammate, coach and support staff member individually congratulated Ward that night.

“I just want to make sure everybody knows, whatever your dream is, just keep chasing it,” said Ward. “It can be done. Each and every day I want to give my all to my teammates and come out here and play the game that I love.”

MSU football assistant video coordinator Roger Hayhurst was in the room that night to capture the emotional moment on video. It has since collected nearly 75,000 views on the athletic department’s official YouTube channel, HailState.

ESPN conducted interviews with Ward, Mullen and defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, Ward’s positional coach as well. The segment was written and produced by Tom Friend.

For more information on the Bulldogs, follow the program on Twitter at @HailStateFBall, like the team on Facebook at and join the squad on Instagram at

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