SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - The first Burlsworth Trophy recognizing
the determination and achievement of a non-scholarship football
player has been awarded to Sean Bedford of Georgia Tech.
The award, given by the Springdale Rotary Club, goes to an NCAA
Division I athlete who began his college football career as a
walk-on. The award is given in memory of Brandon Burlsworth for his
hard work and dedication that earned him All-American honors after
walking on at Arkansas. Burlsworth died in a 1999 traffic accident.
Bedford, a native of Jacksonville, Fla., spent his first two
seasons at Georgia Tech on the defensive scout team, as a lineman.
He switched to the offense and played as the Yellow Jackets' center
for his last two seasons, 2009-2010.
Five finalists were considered for the presentation made Monday.