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Senior class praised for contributions to program at team banquet
The online sensation appeared with James Franklin on FOX's national morning show.
Segment to air live on FOX News at 6:40 a.m. CT
By Brandon Barca
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2010 SEC Academic Honor Roll
Panu has seen action in 12 games... Did not record any stats but was a key reserve at fullback... During preseason camp, Panu became YouTube sensation after video caught Coach Franklin awarding the three-year walk-on with a senior scholarship... Added a tackle in Music City Bowl victory over No. Carolina State.
Panu moved to fullback before the season... The walk-on played in eight games, mostly on special teams... Backed up Fitz Lassing at fullback... Returned a short kickoff against Florida for three yards.
Second-year walk-on played in 11 of 12 games, contributing on special teams and as reserve linebacker... Only missed the Connecticut encounter... Earned one tackle as coverage unit member... Also served as valuable member of defensive scout team during fall practices.
Did not play during season, but was one of team's top defensive scouts, working at linebacker and defensive end... During postseason banquet, received the team's Defensive Scout MVP Award.
Earned four letters in football... Three-year starter and team captain, helping Whitefield to its first regional title.... Received All-State and All-Region honors as senior after posting 118 tackles and 19 QB sacks... Team's Defensive MVP as junior and senior... Also lettered in wrestling and track & field... Excellent academic student, National Honor Society member.
Marc-Daniel Mukendi Panu... Son of Al and Judith Panu... Born Nov. 11, 1990... Dad serves as dean of math and science at Gainesville (Ga.) State College... Dad is native of Congo, mom is from Trinidad and Tobago... Has older brother: Sylvain; and younger sister: Anna... Likes cooking and playing the piano... Panu is working toward a degree in Chemical Engineering.