The Burlsworth Trophy is an award given annually to the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on. The Trophy is a program of the Brandon Burlsworth Foundation and is presented by the Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas
|Given for||the most outstanding FBS college football player who began his career as a walk-on.|
|Presented by||The Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas|
|Most recent||Kenny Willekes, Michigan State|
The award, first awarded for the 2010 season, is named for Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the University of Arkansas football program in 1994 and ultimately became an All-American. Selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft, he was killed in a car accident shortly after the draft.
The trophy was sculpted and produced by Raymond Gibby of Nobility Bronze in Pea Ridge, Arkansas.
On October 28, 2019, the Burlsworth Trophy became a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). It joins the Broyles Award as the only members of the NCFAA originating in Arkansas.
Winners and finalistsEdit
- "1st Burlsworth trophy goes to Ga. Tech walk-on", Associated Press in The Seattle Times, March 15, 2011.
- "Arkansas to honor Brandon Burlsworth", Associated Press at ESPN.com, August 19, 2010.
- "The Burlsworth Trophy Becomes Member of NCFAA". Hogville.net. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
- "Southern Miss QB wins Burlsworth Award", Associated Press in Knoxville News Sentinel, December 9. 2011.
- "Penn State QB McGloin wins Burlsworth Award"[permanent dead link], Associated Press at Yahoo! Sports, December 3, 2012.
- "Wisconsin WR Abbrederis win Burlsworth Award" (Press release). Wisconsin Badgers. December 9, 2013. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
- "Justin Hardy Named 2014 Burlsworth Trophy Winner" (Press release). ECU Athletics. December 8, 2014. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2014.
- "Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield Named 2015 Burlsworth Trophy Winner" (Press release). Burlsworth Trophy. December 7, 2015. Archived from the original on December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 19, 2015.
- "Baker Mayfield Named 2016 Burlsworth Trophy Winner" (Press release). Burlsworth Trophy. December 5, 2016. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
- "Washington State's Luke Falk Named 2017 Burlsworth Trophy Winner" (Press release). Burlsworth Trophy. December 4, 2017.
- Clemson receiver wins Burlsworth Trophy, NWA Online, December 3, 2018
- Solari, Chris (December 9, 2019). "Michigan State football DE Kenny Willekes wins Burlsworth Trophy as best former walk-on". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved December 9, 2019.