Nebraska senior Mike Caputo was named one of the 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is given annually to the nation's top athlete who began his career as a walk-on. Caputo is the first Husker walk-on to be named a semifinalist for the award.
A two-year starter a center for the Huskers, Caputo has led an offensive line that ranked inside the top 15 nationally in rushing over the past two seasons. Caputo continued a tradition-rich walk-on program at Nebraska after choosing to walk on out of Millard North High School in Omaha, Neb. The senior was a key in the Huskers transition into a new offense for the 2011 season, helping NU rack up over 220 yards of rushing per game.
New to this year's award, fans are now able to vote for their favorite player via the AT&T Fan Vote beginning today (Nov. 22). To vote for Caputo, visit http://BurlsworthTrophy.com. Fans may vote one time per day until Dec. 6. The field of 10 athletes will be cut to its final three on Nov. 29, while the winner will be announced on Dec. 9 at a banquet in Springdale, Ark.
The Trophy is named after Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on at Arkansas where he became a three-year starter and an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected 63rd overall in the 1999 NFL draft by the Indianapolis Colts, but was tragically killed in a car accident four days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those who have limited opportunities.
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