Shoemaker Nominated for Burlsworth Trophy
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Boise State redshirt senior wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker has been nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s most outstanding college football player that began his career as a walk-on.

A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a Football Bowl Subdivision program without financial aid of any kind from his university’s athletic department.

The Burlsworth Trophy was awarded for the first time in 2010, and former Bronco Ryan Winterswyk was one of five finalists during the inaugural year.

Shoemaker has a career-high 11 touchdown receptions during the season’s first nine games, already tied for the fourth-most on Boise State’s all-time single-season list. He has four multiple-touchdown games in 2011, including a career-high three against Toledo (Sept. 16).

He also has three 100-yard games this season, including a nine-catch, 180-yard performance against Colorado State (Oct. 15) – both career highs. His 670 yards in 2011 lead the Broncos, and his 38 receptions rank second on the team.

The Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to Arkansas in 1994. He worked his way to become a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected No. 63 overall in the 1999 National Football League Draft, but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later.

The Burlsworth Foundation was creat5ed in his memory, and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.

» «