Badgers' Fumagalli a Burlsworth Award finalist

Award given to top walk-on in college football

MADISON - Wisconsin Badgers tight end Troy Fumagalli is one of four finalists for the Burlsworth award given to college football's top player who began his career as a walk-on.

Other Burlsworth finalists Memphis wide receiver Anthony Miller, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and Washington State quarterback Luke Falk.

Mayfield received the award in 2015 and 2016.

Finalists were chosen from 63 nominees. CEO Marty Burlsworth says the selection committee's vote necessitated bringing in a fourth finalist this year for the first time.

The winner will be announced Dec. 4.

The Burlsworth Award is named after former Arkansas offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth, who worked his way from walk-on to All-American before being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999.

He was killed in a car accident 11 days later.


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