Georgia Tech’s Sean Bedford was named today the winner of the inaugural 2010 Burlsworth Trophy, given to the nation’s best player who was formerly a walk-on.
Bedford, a native of Gainesville, Fla., is a two-time All-ACC player at center. This season he has helped the Yellow Jackets lead the nation in rushing.
“I am extremely honored to be the inaugural recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy, Bedford said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for what Mr. Burlsworth accomplished and it is humbling to be mentioned in the same caliber with him. I would like to thank the Burlsworth family, my coaches, teammates and friends for helping me earn this award.”
The award is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former University of Arkansas walk-on and All-American offensive lineman. He was selected in the third round of the 1999 NFL draft by Indianapolis, but was 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.
– Doug Roberson, AJC