Georgia Tech's Sean Bedford wins first Burlsworth Trophy

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.