SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Stanford senior defensive tackle David Parry is among 53 candidates for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented by the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club. The 2013 list includes standout players and national statistical leaders from every major conference in the nation.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player 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 Division I (FBS) football program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.
Parry, a 6 foot 2, 303-pound tackle from Marion, Iowa, has been a stalwart presence in the middle of Stanford’s defensive line. The Cardinal ranks among the nation’s top defenses in sacks, tackles for loss and rushing defense. He has officially started seven of the nine games.
The 2012 winner was Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin, who set nine school records during his senior year, throwing for 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns while leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record. McGloin went undrafted but made the Oakland Raiders roster this year and is currently the backup to starter Terrelle Pryor.
Stanford graduate Griff Whalen, a current member of the Indianapolis Colts, was one of three finalists for the award in 2011.
Previous Burlsworth Trophy winners were Southern Mississippi quarterback Austin Davis in 2011, and Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford in 2010.
The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft 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.
“The 2013 class of Burlsworth Trophy nominees are an outstanding group of young men,” said Marty Burlsworth, CEO and founder of the Burlsworth Foundation and brother of Brandon. “They represent their schools well and embody everything that the Burlsworth Trophy stands for: hard word, dedication and a commitment to excellence.”
2013 Burlsworth Trophy nominees:
Player Class Position School
Cody Mandell Senior Punter Alabama
Jared Tevis Junior Safety Arizona
Gannon Conway Senior Defensive tackle Arizona State
Alan D’Appollonio Junior Snapper Arkansas
Charleston Girley Sophomore Defensive back Arkansas State
Trent Fisher Junior Safety Auburn
Jamill Smith Senior Wide receiver Ball State
Clay Fuller Junior Wide receiver Baylor
Ryan Burbrink Sophomore Wide receiver Bowling Green
JD Falslev Senior Wide receiver BYU
Brandon Alexander Junior Safety Central Florida
Justin Cherocci Junior Linebacker Central Michigan
Chandler Catanzaro Senior Kicker Clemson
Ryan Iverson Senior Snapper Colorado
Jared Roberts Junior Kicker Colorado State
Cole Wagner Senior Punter Connecticut
Justin Hardy Junior Wide receiver East Carolina
Jonathan Norton Senior Defensive back Fresno State
Jonathan Wallace Senior Running back Florida Atlantic
Robert Godhigh Senior Running back Georgia Tech
Luke Stice Sophomore Fullback Houston
Mike Meyer Senior Kicker Iowa
Ryan Mueller Junior Defensive end Kansas State
Casey Pierce Junior Tight end Kent State
Kelly Mason Sophomore Snapper Kentucky
Seth Fruge Senior Linebacker LSU
Chris Jasperse Junior Center Marshall
Brandon Hayes Senior Running back Memphis
Jordan Holder Senior Wide receiver Mississippi
Max Copeland Senior Guard Missouri
Spencer Long Senior Guard Nebraska
Davis Cazares Senior Safety New Mexico State
Zach Gentry Senior Linebacker North Carolina State
Craig Cataline Junior Linebacker Ohio State
Aaron Ripkowski Junior Fullback Oklahoma
Michael Kutzler Senior Linebacker Rice
Chad Young Senior Fullback San Diego State
Chandler Jones Senior Wide receiver San Jose State
Sidney Rhodes Junior Cornerback South Carolina
Marvin Kloss Junior Kicker South Florida
David Parry Senior Defensive tackle Stanford
Jon Koontz Senior Defensive end TCU
Cody Booth Senior Tackle Temple
Travis Labhart Senior Wide receiver Texas A&M
Steven Kurfehs Senior Linebacker Texas-San Antonio
Charlie Will Tuttle Junior Center Texas State
Baker Mayfield Freshman Quarterback Texas Tech
Trey Watts Senior Running back Tulsa
Jake Doughty Senior Linebacker Utah State
Jack Tyler Senior Linebacker Virginia Tech
Spencer Bishop Senior Tight end Wake Forest
Elliott Bosch Senior Center Washington State
Jared Abbrederis Senior Wide receiver Wisconsin
For more information about the Burlsworth Trophy, visit www.burlsworthtrophy.com.