Richardson One of 63 Nominees for Burlsworth Award

FAYETTEVILLE, AR, Oct. 31, 2017 – Today, the Burlsworth Trophy in conjunction with the Springdale (AR) Rotary Club announced the 63 players nominated from Division 1 (FBS) schools from across the country for the 2017 Burlsworth Trophy. In the award’s eighth year, the Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas Walk-On and All-American offensive lineman. Burlsworth's life is also the subject of a major motion picture, "GREATER", which was released last year.  The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in American who began his career as a Walk-On and has shown outstanding performance on the field. Each nominee must have begun his first season of participation with FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

 

The 2016 winner was quarterback Baker Mayfield from the University of Oklahoma. Mayfield is believed to be the only true freshman Walk-On QB in FBS history to start a season opener. He also led his Sooners to the college football playoffs in 2016.

 

The 2017 Burlsworth Trophy nominees are:

 

               School                                  Year             Player                         Position

    

 

Akron

SR

Andrew Hauser

LB

 

Arizona

JR

Christian Boettcher

OL

 

Arizona State

SR

Jacom Brimhall

RB

 

Arkansas

SR

Kevin Richardson II

DB

 

Arkansas State

SR

Johnston White

RB

 

Auburn

JR

Will Hastings

WR

 

Baylor

Soph

Connor Martin

K/P

 

Boise State

JR

Leighton Vander Esch

WLB

 

Bowling Green

JR

Jake Suder

K

 

Brigham Young

JR

Brayden El-Bakri

FB

 

Buffalo

SR

Demone Harris

DE

 

California

JR

Patrick Laird

RB

 

Colorado

SR

Ryan Moeller

S/OLB

 

Colorado State

Soph

Adam Prentice

FB

 

Eastern Michigan

SR

Jaron Johnson

WR

 

ECU

SR

Kiante Anderson

DE

 

Florida Atlantic

SR

Antonyo Woods

OL

 

Florida International

SR

Bryce Canady

DB

 

Florida State

SR

Jared Jackson

WR

 

Fresno State

Soph

Josh Hokit

RB

 

Georgia

SR

Aaron Davis

DB

 

Houston

SR

Linell Bonner

WR

 

Indiana

JR

Luke Timian

WR

 

Iowa

JR

Brandon Snyder

DB

 

Kansas State

SR

Trent Tanking

LB

 

Kentucky

SR

Charles Walker

WR/PR

 

Marshall

Soph

Malik Gant

S

 

Memphis

SR

Anthony Miller

WR

 

Miami

SR

Michael Badgley

K

 

Minnesota

JR

Emmit Carpenter

K

 

Mississippi

Soph

Dawson Knox

TE

 

Mississippi State

RS Fr

Jace Christmann

K

 

Missouri

SR

Jordan Harold

DE

 

Nebraska

SR

Chris Weber

LB

 

Nevada

SR

Austin Corbett

OL

 

New Mexico

SR

Jake Rothschiller

DB

 

North Carolina

JR

Cole Holcomb

LB

 

Ohio State

SR

Elijaah Goins

WR

 

Oklahoma

SR

Baker Mayfield

QB

 

Oklahoma State

SR

Brad Lundblade

C

 

Old Dominion

SR

Bunmi Rotimi

DE

 

Rice

SR

Joe Ballard

LB

 

Rutgers

SR

Darnell Davis

DL

 

San Diego State

Soph

Kahale Warring

TE

 

San Jose State

SR

Michael Carrizosa

P/KS

 

South Alabama

JR

Sam Harris

WR

 

South Carolina

JR

Hayden Hurst

TE

 

Southern California

JR

Reid Budrovich

P

 

Syracuse

SR

Cole Murphy

K

 

Tennessee

SR

Trevor Daniel

P

 

Toledo

SR

Jack Linch

LB

 

Tulsa

SR

Evan Plagg

OT

 

UAB

SR

Tevin Crews

LB

 

UCLA

SR

Giovanni Gentosi

RB

 

Utah State

SR

Braelon Roberts

WR

 

UTSA

SR

Dalton Sturm

QB

 

Virginia Tech

JR

Steven Peoples

RB

 

Wake Forest

SR

Grant Dawson

ILB

 

Washington State

SR

Luke Falk

QB

 

West Virginia

SR

Shane Commodore

S

 

Western Kentucky

SR

Deon Yelder

TE

 

Western Michigan

Soph

DeShawn Foster

DL

 

Wisconsin

SR

Troy Fumagalli

TE

                      

               

“In the eighth year of this award, I continue to be in awe of the work ethic and determination of all our nominees.” said Marty Burlsworth, CEO and founder of the Burlsworth Foundation and older brother of Brandon. “Beginning their college career as a walk-on and overcoming incredible obstacles is truly inspiring.”

 

Without one D1 scholarship offer, Brandon Burlsworth walked on at the University of Arkansas in 1994. He became a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft, but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children who have limited opportunities.

 

The Brandon Burlsworth Foundation, in conjunction with Springdale Rotary Club, will host an awards ceremony on December 4, 2017 in Springdale, AR to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2017 winner.


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