Reveiz a finalist for Burlsworth

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Tennessee senior Nick Reveiz is one of five finalists for the inaugural Burlsworth Trophy given to a collegiate player who began his career as a walk-on and has shown outstanding performance on the field.

Reveiz, a 5-10, 224-pound senior linebacker, led the Volunteers with 94 tackles in the regular season, placing among the SEC's most productive defenders. His six tackles for loss and two interceptions also placed him among the team leaders as Tennessee (6-6) secured a bowl berth.

Nick Reveiz, who chose to walk on at Tennessee rather than take a scholarship at a smaller school, has enjoyed success beyond the field as well. He's in line for a fourth Academic All-SEC award and has earned his undergraduate degree in enterprise management.

In addition, Reveiz, who was elevated to scholarship status in 2009, is a two-time captain. He is Tennessee's first former walk-on team captain since J.J. McCleskey in 1992.

Joining Reveiz as finalists are Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford, Army defensive end Josh McNary, Oklahoma State fullback Bryant Ward and Boise State defensive end Ryan Winterswyk.

"All five of these young men show talent on and off the field and are great representations of what the Burlsworth Trophy is all about," said Marty Burlsworth, founder and CEO of the Burlsworth Foundation.

Named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, former Arkansas walk-on and All-America offensive lineman, the award's nominees must have begun their first season of participation with a Division I FBS football program without financial aid of any kind from their athletics department.

Without one Division I scholarship offer, Brandon Burlsworth walked on to the Razorbacks team in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and eventually was named All-America in 1998. Burlsworth was selected in the second round with the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL draft, but was tragically 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 that have limited opportunities.

The winner of the Burlsworth Trophy will be announced on Dec. 15. A banquet will be held in honor of the winner on Feb. 7 in Springdale, Ark., hosted by the Springdale Rotary Club.

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