Burlsworth Trophy to Name 10th Winner on Dec. 9

Burlsworth Trophy to Name 10th Winner on Dec. 9

Three finalists hail from California, Georgia and Michigan St.


WHO:              The winner of the tenth annual Burlsworth Trophy will be announced Monday, Dec. 9 in Springdale, Ark. The Burlsworth Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on, and is presented by the Springdale Rotary Club. The three finalists are:

      • Ashtyn Davis, SR, safety/kick returner, University of California
      • Rodrigo Blankenship, SR, kicker, University of Georgia
      • Kenny Willekes, SR, defensive end, Michigan State University


WHAT:             The award is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former walk-on and All-American offensive lineman at the University of Arkansas. This is the tenth year of the Burlsworth Trophy presentation and the second national collegiate football award to have originated in Arkansas. The Burlsworth Trophy is the newest member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA).


Brandon Burlsworth’s life is also the subject of a major motion picture, “GREATER”, which was released in 2016. 



WHEN:            Monday, Dec. 9, 2019

Media interviews with the finalists: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Presentation ceremony and lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Winner announcement: 12:45 p.m.

Media interviews with the winner: immediately following the ceremony


WHERE:           Northwest Arkansas Convention Center

                                1500 S. 48th St.

Springdale, Ark.


WHY:               Brandon Burlsworth walked on to the Arkansas Razorback football team in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was drafted with the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 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 that have limited opportunities.


CONTACT:   John Engleman, Mitchell , 479-305-1665,



***For all Burlsworth Trophy logos and photos, please download from the following link: https://filetransfer.mitchcommgroup.com/message/oR1NQpnlPVqxvmeb2OMiQo




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