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Amos makes Burlsworth Trophy list

Walk-on has been huge surprise for Raiders

November 15, 2011 · Athletic Communications
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.– Today, The Burlsworth Trophy and the presenting sponsor, the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club, announced the nominees for The Burlsworth Trophy and Middle Tennessee’s Anthony Amos is one of 50 on the list. The 2011 list includes team captains, All-Conference selections, and national statistical leaders from every conference in the nation.

Amos, a junior wide receiver, has 21 receptions this season for 330 yards and three touchdowns. The Fayetteville, NC, native recorded his first career 100-yard receiving game when he hauled in seven catches for 100 yards against WKU. All three of his touchdown catches have come in the last four minutes of play, including the game-winner against Memphis with 11 seconds left.

The Trophy is given to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a D1 (FBS) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.

The 2010 inaugural winner was Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford. Out of high school, no Division I program offered him a scholarship, so he chose Georgia Tech for its outstanding academic reputation and its engineering program. Once there, he decided to walk on to the football team. He eventually became a two-time first team All-ACC selection and led the way for a rushing offense that ranked No. 1 in the entire nation. Sporting News named the aerospace engineering major one of the 20 smartest athletes in the nation.

The 2011 Burlsworth Trophy nominees are:

Cameron Kastl SR Long Snapper Arizona State
Tyler Shoemaker SR Wide Receiver Boise State University
Jameson Frazier SR Outside Linebacker Brigham Young
Philip Price SR Offensive Tackle Clemson University
James Skelton JR Linebacker Colorado State
Alex King SR Punter Duke University
Andrew Bodenheimer JR Outside Receiver East Carolina University
Marcus Bartels SR Safety Florida Atlantic University
B.J. Finney FR Center Kansas State University
Lee Stalker SR Defensive Lineman Kent State University
Jeremiah Taylor SOPH Defensive End Marshall
Anthony Amos JR Wide Receiver Middle Tennessee
Brandon Wilson JR Linebacker Mississippi State University
David Ruffer SR Kicker Notre Dame
Nate Ebner SR Defensive Back Ohio State University
Bryson Rose JR Kicker Ole Miss
Mike Remmers SR Left Tackle Oregon State University
Kevin Ballinger SR Long Snapper Purdue University
Matt Nordstrom SR Linebacker Rice University
Chandler Jones SOPH Wide Receiver San Jose State University
Griff Whalen SR Wide Receiver Stanford University
Caleb Russell JR Linebacker Texas A&M
Andrew Abbott JR Cornerback UCLA
Will Lowery JR Defensive Back University of Alabama
John Bonano SR Kicker University of Arizona
Dylan Breeding JR Punter University of Arkansas
Ronnie Weaver SR Running Back University of Central Florida
Travis Sandersfeld SR Defensive Back University of Colorado
Johnny McEntee JR Quarterback University of Connecticut
David Lerner SR Punter University of Florida
Bryant Moniz SR Quarterback University of Hawaii
Patrick Edwards SR Wide Receiver University of Houston
Derek Dimke SR Kicker University of Illinois
Tom Nardo SR Defensive Tackle University of Iowa
Steven Johnson SR Linebacker University of Kansas
Craig McIntosh JR Kicker University of Kentucky
Mitch Huelsing JR Safety University of Memphis
Jordan Kovacs JR Safety University of Michigan
Trey Barrow JR Punter/Place Kicker University of Missouri
Mike Caputo SR Offensive Lineman University of Nebraska
Dominique Whaley JR Running Back University of Oklahoma
Chas Alecxih SR Defensive Tackle University of Pittsburgh
Dalton Wilson JR Fullback University of South Carolina
Gilbert "Chaz" Hine SR Center University of South Florida
Austin Davis SR Quarterback University of Southern Mississippi
Wesley Miller FR Safety University of Texas at El Paso
A.J. Lindeman JR Offensive Lineman University of Toledo
Trey Watts SOPH Running Back University of Tulsa
Ross Cumming SR Fullback University of Southern California
Jared Abbrederis SOPH Wide Receiver University of Wisconsin

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