Nov. 20, 2012
Senior safety Andrew Abbott was selected as one of 10 semi-finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy which honors the nation's most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on.
Abbott has 24 career starts and 11 this season, 10 at safety and one at cornerback. He is ranked T19th in the nation in interceptions (T4th in the Pac-12 Conference) with a 0.36/g mark. Abbott made seven starts in 2011 and tied for fourth in the Pac-12 in interceptions that season, while receiving honorable mention all-conference honors. He was awarded a scholarship during 2010 fall camp and went on to appear in 12 games, making five starts. He appeared in all 13 games in 2009.
The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth. Without one D1 scholarship offer, Brandon walked on to the Arkansas Razorback team 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 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.
Fans will be allowed to vote for their favorite player via AT&T beginning on Nov. 20. Voting can be accessed at www.burlsworthtrophy.com. On Nov. 27, the three finalists for the award will be announced. Finalists will be honored and the winner announced on Dec. 3 at a banquet in Springfield, AK, sponsored by the Springdale Rotary Club.