Nov. 19, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mizzou football senior guard Max Copeland (Billings, Mont.) has been named a semifinalist for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. Copeland is one of 10 student-athletes in contention for the award, which began with 53 originally nominated players.
Copeland has been a key piece for an outstanding Missouri offensive line this season. Earning the start at offensive guard for eight of the 10 Missouri games, Copeland and his fellow offensive line members have played a huge role in the explosive Tiger attack. Entering this weekend's contest at Ole Miss, Missouri's total offense (492.6 yards per game) ranks fourth in the SEC, and 17th in the nation.
When Copeland arrived in Columbia in 2009, he quickly established himself as one of the hardest workers on the team. After working on the scout team for three years, he started 11 games in 2012, and after the season he was given the Unsung Hero Award for his outstanding dedication to the program.
The Burlsworth Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks football program in 1994. Burlsworth worked his way to eventually become a three-year starter, and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. After his Arkansas career, he 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 support the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.
Fans are allowed to vote for their favorite player via the Fan Vote at www.burlsworthtrophy.com. Fans are limited to one vote per day, and the voting will conclude Sunday, Nov. 24, at midnight CST. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of voting, and it is combined with the results from the Selection Committee. Fan Vote totals are cleared after each round.
Copeland and No. 8 Mizzou returns to action this week, with a road trip to No. 24 Ole Miss on Saturday, Nov. 23. Kickoff is set for 6:45 p.m. on ESPN. The Tigers then close out the 2013 regular season in Columbia on Saturday, Nov. 30 with Texas A&M making a visit to Faurot Field. For the latest information concerning Mizzou Football, check www.MUTigers.com.