Omari Alexander named 2020 Burlsworth Trophy nominee

Omari Alexander named 2020 Burlsworth Trophy Nominee
Omari Alexander named 2020 Burlsworth Trophy Nominee(WKU Athletics)
Published: Dec. 8, 2020 at 3:01 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -Western Kentucky nickelback Omari Alexander has been listed as a nominee for the 2020 Burlsworth Trophy. The award recognizes the most outstanding college FBS football player that began their career as a walk-on.

Alexander walked on to WKU in the 2019 offseason, earning a scholarship after the 2019 season. His incredible life story was highlighted in a feature article by WKU Athletics published on September 30.

The Louisville native has played in all 24 games for the Tops over the past two seasons. As a key member on special teams and in the defensive back rotation, Alexander has recorded 32 total tackles and eight pass breakups.

In the 2020 season opener against his hometown Cardinals, the redshirt senior had quite the impact. Alexander recovered a fumble and blocked a punt which both led to touchdowns for WKU. He also recorded a career-high five tackles, along with an interception.

This is the fifth straight year the Hilltoppers have had a player nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy. Alexander joins former center Max Halpin (2016), tight end Deon Yelder (2017), linebacker Ben Holt, (2018), and nickelback Ta’Corian Darden (2019).

The award was started in 2010 to honor Arkansas walk-on Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on for the Razorbacks in 1994. Burlsworth became a three-yeat stared and was named an All-American in 1998. In the 1999 NFL Draft, he was taken 63rd overall by the Indianapolis Colts 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 who have limited opportunities.

“A college football Walk-On faces an uphill battle from the very beginning. He has to prove himself to his coaches and teammates. He has to prove that he belongs,” said Marty Burlsworth, President and CEO of the Burlsworth Trophy and older brother of Brandon. “Beginning your college football career as a Walk-On isn’t for everyone. It takes a tremendous work ethic and a great deal of determination. You have to want it! This group of Burlsworth Trophy nominees has proven to the college football world that they not only belong but can excel at the highest level of the game.”

The Burlsworth Trophy will host an awards ceremony virtually on January 4, 2021, to honor the three finalists and to announce the 2020 winner.

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