Official 2016 Nominations Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlsworth Trophy Announces Nominees

Trophy honors most outstanding walk-on for seventh year

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., Nov. 1, 2016 – Today the Burlsworth Trophy and the Springdale (AR) Rotary Club, are excited to announce the 52 players nominated from Division 1 American offensive lineman. Burlsworth’s life is also the subject of a major motion picture, “GREATER”, which was released earlier this 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 a FBS (D1) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

The 2015 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 last year.

The 2015 Burlsworth Trophy nominees are:

SchoolPlayerYearPosition
Arizona StateMitchell FraboniJRLong Snapper
ArkansasToby BakerSRPunter
Arkansas StateJohnston WhiteJRRunning Back
Bowling GreenTrent GreeneSRLinebacker
Brigham Young UniversityParker DaweSROffensive Lineman
ClemsonGreg HuegelSophPlacekicker
Colorado StateJakob BuysJRDefensive Lineman
ConnecticutJustin WainSRPunter
Eastern MichiganBlake BanhamSophRunning Back/Kick Returner
FloridaMark HerndonSRRunning Back
Florida AtlanticNate OzdemirJRLinebacker
HoustonDillon BirdenJRRunning Back
IndianaMitchell PaigeSRWide Receiver
IowaRiley McCarronSRWide Receiver
Iowa StateTrever RyenJRWide Receiver/Punt Returner
Kansas StateNick WalshJRPunter
Kent StateNick CuthbertSRLinebacker
LSUJohn David (J. D.) MooreJRFullback
MarshallCody CarterSRSafety
MemphisAnthony MillerJRWide Receiver
MiamiJustin VogelSRPunter
Middle TennesseeSteven RhodesSRDefensive End
NebraskaDylan UtterSRCenter
NevadaJeremy MacauleySROffensive Lineman
New MexicoJake RothschillerJRDefensive Back
North CarolinaNick WeilerSRPlacekicker
NorthwesternAustin CarrSRWide Receiver
OklahomaBaker MayfieldJRQuarterback
Old DominionT. J. RicksSRLinebacker
Ole MissCarlos DavisSRCornerback
Oregon StateDevin ChappellSRSafety
RiceZach WrightSRWide Receiver
San Diego StateDaniel BrunskillSROffensive Tackle
San Jose StateTim CrawleySRWide Receiver/Kick Returner
South CarolinaHayden HurstSophTight End
SMUJackson MitchellSRLinebacker
StanfordConrad UkropinaSRPlacekicker
TempleHaason ReddickSRDefensive Lineman
TennesseeColton JumperJRLinebacker
TexasDylan HainesSRSafety
Texas A&MShane TripuckaJRPunter
ToledoJack LinchJRLinebacker
TulsaDalton ParksSRPunter
UCLAMike LafaulSRQuarterback
USCZach SmithSRLong Snapper
Utah StateAustin AlbrechtSROffensive Tackle
Wake ForestGrant DawsonJRLinebacker
Washington StateLuke FalkJRQuarterback
Western KentuckyMax HalpinSRCenter
Western MichiganTrevor SweeneySRWide Receiver
WisconsinDare OgunbowleSRRunning Back

The 2015 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 last year.

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.

Springdale Rotary Club will host an awards ceremony on Dec. 5th in Springdale, AR to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2016 winner.