SPRINGDALE, Ark. -
wide receiver Clay Fuller has been named one of 53 nominees for the
2013 Burlsworth Trophy, the trophy and the Springdale Rotary Club
announced on Tuesday.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on.
Fuller is a 26-year junior, who joined the Bears as a walk-on in 2011, after a six-year minor league baseball career. The Bulverde, Texas, product first signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Baylor in 2005, but decided to pursue a professional career. Prior to the 2013 season, Fuller was given a scholarship and has made the most of his opportunity during Baylor's 8-0 start.
The outside receiver has played in all eight games, posting 261 receiving yards on 18 catches. He is fourth on the team in both of those categories, while averaging 14.5 yards per catch. Fuller had his first career touchdown vs. ULM on an acrobatic 23-yard grab.
The BU junior is one of nine receivers named as a nominee and one of five players from the Big 12 on the list.
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.
Baylor will next take on Texas Tech this Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. That game will start at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX. For tickets to the game contact the Baylor Ticket Office at 254-710-1000 or visit: BaylorBears.com/Tickets.
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