Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was named the winner of the 2012 Burlsworth Award on Monday afternoon. The award is given annually to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.
Named after Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on at the University of Arkansas in 1994, the award has been presented by the Rotary Club of Springdale, Arkansas since 2010. Burlsworth did not receive any scholarship offers from Division 1 schools and was eventually chosen with the No. 63 overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Unfortunately, Burlsworth was killed in a car accident on his way home from a workout less than two weeks after being drafted.
McGloin is the third recipient of the award, with Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford being given the inaugural honor followed by Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis in 2011. McGloin completed 270-446 passes for 3,271 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2012.