The Burlsworth Trophy and presenting sponsor, The Springdale Rotary Club, announced its 53 student-athletes selected as nominess for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy and five Big 12 student-athletes are on the list.
Clay Fuller (Baylor), Ryan Mueller (K-State), Aaron Ripkowski (Oklahoma), Jon Koontz (TCU) and Baker Mayfield (Texas Tech) represent the Big 12.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a Division I (FBS) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994, worked his way to being 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 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 that have limited opportunities.