Arkansas Razorbacks linebacker, Grant Morgan, was named the 2021 winner of the Burlsworth Trophy Monday night in Bentonville. The annual award recognizes the top college football player in the nation who began his career as a walk-on.
Morgan was a finalist for the award last year and is the first Razorback player to win it. The award was named for former Arkansas player Brandon Burlsworth, who rose from virtual obscurity as a walk-on player in the late 1990s to become an All-America performer and eventual draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts.
The Hogs finished the ’21 regular season tied for the third in the SEC West at 8-4 overall, and will play Penn State in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1. Morgan finished the regular season with 96 tackles despite dealing with injuries. The trophy presentation was held for the first time at the Crystal Bridges Museum’s Great Hall.