Published Wed, Nov 14, 2012 12:53 pm Dateline
Ohio junior linebacker Keith Moore was named a nominee for the 2012 Burlsworth Trophy, given to “college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.”
Moore currently leads the Bobcats with 80 tackles. He also has tallied 3.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, and a sack.
In 2011, the trophy was given to Austin Davis of Southern Mississippi. The inaugural winner in 2010 was Sean Bedford of Georgia Tech.
The trophy is named in honor of former University of Arkansas walk-on and NFL lineman Brandon Burlsworth. Burlsworth walked on with the Razorbacks in 1994 after receiving no Division I football offers. He went on to earn a scholarship, be named team captain, two time All-SEC player, and became the first Arkansas player to be named All-American in a decade.
Burlsworth was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts with the 63rd pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. His career was cut tragically short, as he was killed in a head-on automobile accident just 11 days after the draft.
The award is given by the Springdale Rotary Club in Springdale, Arkansas. This year’s presentation will be held on December 3.