Mizzou’s Copeland named Burlsworth finalist

ST. LOUIS — Max Copeland started his career at Mizzou with nothing more than a promise to practice. He has since gone on to become a key starting member of the highly respected Tigers offensive line.

For his efforts, the senior offensive lineman has been named one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player who started as a walk-on.

A dedicated scout team player for the Tigers for his first three seasons in the program, Copeland received his opportunity to play as a junior in 2012, when he started 11 games. Following the season, Copeland was awarded Mizzou’s Unsung Hero Award for his outstanding dedication to the program.

Mizzou fans are encouraged to support Copeland by way of a Fan Vote at www.burlsworthtrophy.com. Fans are limited to one vote per day, and the voting will conclude Wednesday, Dec. 4, at midnight CT. The fan vote counts for 5 percent, and it is combined with the results from the Selection Committee.

Wisconsin wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and Tulsa running back Trey Watts were also named finalists out of an initial pool of 53 nominees nationally.