BOISE, Idaho - Boise State wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker has been named a semi-finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes college football's most outstanding football player who began his career as a walk-on.
Shoemaker is one of 10 semi-finalists announced today (Nov. 22) by the Burlsworth Trophy committee.
A senior from Meridian, Idaho (Mountain View HS), Shoemaker has a career-high 14 touchdown receptions through the season's first 10 games - tied for Boise State's single-season record (Austin Pettis, 2009). He has five multiple-touchdown games in 2011, including three against both Toledo and San Diego State. His scoring average of 8.40 points per game is tied for 26th nationally, and tied for first amongst wide receivers (Jordan White, Western Michigan).
Last week against San Diego State, Shoemaker had a career-high 10-receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns to bring his season totals to 48 receptions, 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is averaging a team-high 16.7 yards per catch.
Shoemaker walked on the Bronco team in 2007 and redshirted his first season. In his first game as a red-shirt freshman in 2008, he caught two touchdown passes against Idaho State.
Since midway through his sophomore season Shoemaker has been a starter for the Broncos and has increased his career totals 108 receptions, 1,837 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Prior to the 2011 season he was named to the Bilentnikoff Award Watch List which is awarded annually to the nation's most outstanding wide receiver.
Shoemaker is the second Bronco player to be named a semi-finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy. Last year former Boise State defensive end Ryan Winterswyk was a nominee.
Joining Shoemaker on the semi-finalist list are senior offensive tackle Mike Remmers of Oregon State; senior wide receiver Griff Whalen of Stanford; senior quarterback Bryant Moniz of Hawai'i; senior wide receiver Patrick Edwards of Houston; senior linebacker Steven Johnson of Kansas; junior safety Jordan Kovacs of Michigan; senior center Mike Caputo of Nebraska; junior running back Dominique Whaley of Oklahoma; and senior quarterback Austin Davis of Southern Miss.
Shoemaker graduated from Boise State in May of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.