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Roster: The Walk On

Posted on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 — 4:41 PM

Four years ago Marc Panu walked on to Vanderbilt’s football team. He sweated through the sweltering summer training camp. He spent grueling hours lifting weights. He studied game plans and watched endless film.

His reward was slow in coming. In 2009 he didn’t play at all. By 2010, though, the coaches started to take notice and he made it off the bench in 11 games, playing on special teams and as a backup linebacker. During coach James Franklin’s first year, Panu made the switch from linebacker to fullback and, by kickoff of the 2012 season, not only was he a starter, but he was awarded a full scholarship.

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Originally published in Vanderbilt Magazine




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