Nov. 16, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State starting center B.J. Finney is one of 50 players nationally to be named a candidate for the 2011 Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on, the Springdale (Ark.) Rotary Club has announced.
Finney is the second Wildcat in as many years to be named a candidate for the trophy as running back/kick returner William Powell was a member of the inaugural candidate list for the award last season.
A redshirt freshman, Finney has started every game this season for the Wildcats, including the last nine at center. The Andale, Kan., product has helped K-State average 208.5 rushing yards per game this season, which ranks 22nd nationally. He has also been a force up front blocking for quarterback Collin Klein, who leads the nation with 24 rushing touchdowns and is three scores away from tying the Big 12 and FBS quarterback single-season records.
Finney walked on at K-State prior to the 2010 season and was the team’s top scout squad contributor last season as he was honored with the program’s Red Raider Award.
The Burlsworth Trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on at Arkansas in 1994 and 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 in the 1999 NFL Draft by Indianapolis but was tragically killed in a car accident 11 days later.
No. 13 Kansas State travels to Austin, Texas, to take on the 23rd-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. The game kicks off at 7 p.m., and will be televised nationally by FX.